Case Study: Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme

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Kate Hall

Solicitor Graduate, Abuse

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Client Situation

Mr M was living in a Lambeth Children’s Home called Highland Road in 1982 when he was a child. Over just a two-month period, he suffered psychological, racial, physical and sexual abuse on a number of occasions.

Of course, this situation is far from ideal when you are a young child, and it left him feeling fearful of the home he was living in. He also continued to experience psychological problems for years following the abuse.

As it was a Lambeth Children’s Home that Mr M was abused in, he was eligible for an award under the Lambeth Redress Scheme. The compensation scheme was introduced by Lambeth Council in response to several allegations of child abuse across their children’s homes.

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How We Helped our client

Mr M first approached our Child Abuse Lawyers in June 2019 asking us to help with his Lambeth Redress Scheme claim and Senior Paralegal, Kate Hall, took on his case.

Our Abuse Team have experience in handling applications to the Lambeth Redress Scheme, and have helped many victims of abuse successfully bring a claim.

Kate supported Mr M through every step of the Lambeth Redress Scheme claim. This included reviewing the entirety of his social care records and arranging a psychological assessment. We then reviewed the medical report and discussed it in detail with him.

We understand the psychological difficulties and stress that come with talking about abuse in childhood. The thought of then making a claim for compensation on top of this can feel especially overwhelming.  

Our Abuse Solicitors are specialists in dealing with cases of childhood abuse and understand the impact it can have on victims’ lives.

We’re here to guide you through the process from start to finish, and will aim to make the claim as easy as possible for you.

 

The Outcome For Our Client

Mr M was rewarded £88,000 in compensation in November 2020.

After finding out the result of his claim, he let us know how he felt.

Mr M also said that he did not feel he would have been able to make it through to the end of the claim, but felt like he could continue with the support and expertise from Kate.

We’re pleased we could help Mr M on his road to recovery and wish him all the best for the future.

 

Lambeth Redress Scheme

The Lambeth Children's Home Redress Scheme is a scheme that was introduced by the London Borough of Lambeth Council to award compensation to victims of non-recent sexual, physical and/or psychological abuse.

It’s intended to provide comprehensive redress to applicants and allows applications from the estate of an applicant who is deceased.

A person is eligible to apply if they were a resident/visitor at a Lambeth Children's Home or Shirley Oaks Primary School.

The scheme isn’t limited to abuse carried out by staff members – it also includes abuse carried out by other individuals. In addition, applications will be considered where the abuse has been committed by another child.

 

Each eligible applicant is entitled to:

  • A written apology acknowledging what has happened, providing an acceptance of responsibility and giving an assurance of the measures which have been taken to prevent any further repetition
  • A meeting with a senior representative of the Council so that the applicant can feel that they’ve been heard and acknowledged by the Council
  • A Harm's Way Payment
  • Appropriate counselling or other therapeutic, psychological or psychiatric support
  • Specialist advice, support and assistance to obtain housing, appropriate welfare benefits, access to further education and suitable employment; and
  • An individual Redress Payment/Compensation Payment.

 

Individual Redress Payment/ Compensation Payment

An award will be paid to compensate the applicant for the harm they have suffered.

The amount of the payment should fairly reflect the severity of the abuse, as well as the hurt, fear and humiliation the applicant has experienced and the lifetime consequences the abuse has caused. The awards will be calculated by reference to a tariff which forms part of the scheme.

 

How Simpson Millar Can Help

If you want to find out more about making a potential claim to the Lambeth Redress Scheme, get in touch with our Abuse Team for a free consultation. We won’t take any deduction from any compensation award you receive from the Lambeth Redress Scheme, so you don’t have to worry about paying any legal fees.

When you’ve suffered any kind of sexual or physical abuse, it can take a long time before you feel ready to talk about it. Reporting abuse can take a lot of courage, so when you're ready to talk, we're ready to listen.

Our expert abuse claims solicitors can help with historic cases of sexual and physical abuse such as cases like these. Our compassionate and approachable team members have a track record of supporting survivors on their journey to justice. Get in touch with us, by calling 0808 239 1287 for a confidential conversation about the support we can provide.

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Kate Hall

Solicitor Graduate, Abuse

Areas of Expertise:
Abuse Claims

Kate works as a Solicitor Graduate Apprentice in our Abuse Claims Department, with a goal to qualify as a Solicitor in 2024.

After completing her education at Leeds Beckett University in 2018, Kate decided to specialise in Abuse Claims. Within this department, she has gained experience dealing with Civil Claims against various institutions including local authorities, public schools, religious institutions and charitable organisations. This includes the Manchester Homes 2 Group Action and the claims against Manchester City Council for abuse at St Anne’s School. Kate has also successfully navigated claims through the Lambeth and Manchester City Redress Schemes.

References

Simpson Millar LLP. (n.d.). Lambeth Children's Home Redress Scheme - What You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/media/abuse-claims/lambeth-childrens-home-redress-scheme-what-you-need-to-know/

Simpson Millar LLP. (n.d.). Kate Hall. Retrieved from https://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/our-people/kate-hall/

Lambeth Council. (n.d.). Lambeth Children's Homes Redress Scheme. Retrieved from https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-childrens-homes-redress-scheme

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