Redress Schemes for Victims of Abuse

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Redress schemes are usually set up to acknowledge and provide recognition as a result of suffering abuse in childhood. Remedies under the scheme can include compensation, counselling and support and an apology.

Not all survivors of abuse have the option of seeking compensation through the civil courts. Whilst making a civil claim may be the preferred option for some survivors, for many the civil courts has a number of barriers. Redress schemes often provide an alternative to the civil court process and are designed to be faster and more sensitive to survivors needs. Redress schemes offer an alternative option to survivors of abuse.

In recent years we are seeing a range of redress schemes being developed by organisations and each scheme is different. Below we provide some examples of redress schemes and is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

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Redress Schemes for Victims of Abuse

The Lambeth Redress Scheme

The Lambeth Redress Scheme was established by the London Borough of Lambeth Council to enable appropriate redress to be given to children who suffered non-recent sexual, physical and/or psychological abuse or were in fear of being abused whilst they were resident at one of the Council’s Children’s Homes or Shirley Oaks Primary School.

A claim can also be made by a person who visited a Lambeth Children’s Home or Shirley Oaks Primary School and suffered abuse.

If eligible an application must be made by 5pm on 1st January 2022. It does not matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

Redress under the scheme includes an apology, counselling and other therapeutic support, specialist welfare advice, support and assistance in addition to compensation.

The long-term psychological and physical impact of physical or sexual abuse can be devastating, but our specialist Abuse Solicitors can guide you through the process of making a claim.

Our specialist Abuse Solicitors have a wealth of experience representing people who have been abused to bring claims. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about making a criminal injuries claim, so contact us for a free consultation.

Medomsley Redress Scheme

Medomsley was a youth detention centre in County Durham which operated from the late 1960s until 1990. Two members of staff Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson were convicted in 2003 and 2005 for serious sexual assault. Five former staff members were convicted in March 2019 for offences of misconduct in public office and physical assault.

To date there have been over 1800 reports of abuse at Medomsley. A compensation scheme was set up by the Ministry of Justice in February 2020. Individuals are able to claim compensation even if the staff member involved has not been convicted, named or identified.

Compensation will be calculated based on the duration of detention and whether physical and/or psychological injuries were sustained.

Manchester City Football Club Redress Scheme

Manchester City Football Club launched a ‘Survivor’s Scheme’ in 2019 to compensate victims of non-recent abuse. The scheme is for survivors of abuse by Barry Bennell, the former youth coach and John Broome a former talent spotter and coach connected with Manchester City.

The scheme incorporates awarding compensation and a formal apology.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) held its final hearing on 5th February 2020 into Accountability and Reparations. The inquiry is considering the extent to which the existing support services and available legal processes effectively deliver reparations to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. IICSA examined the adequacy of other compensation schemes, including awards made following conviction in criminal proceedings and awards by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. 

One of the aspects examined during the hearing was the prospect of establishing a national Redress Scheme for victims of abuse. Simpson Millar were instructed by a core participant in the inquiry and supported the need for a national Redress Scheme. 

The final report is due in 2021 or 2022 which will make recommendations for the need for changes to the law and a national Redress Scheme. The report is likely to be significant in shaping future claims for abuse compensation. We will update our website once we receive a date for release of the final report from IICSA.

Church of England Pilot Redress Scheme

The Church of England are planning to implement an interim pilot redress scheme for survivors of abuse. The pilot scheme is designed to enable the Church to respond in particular to those survivors’ cases which are already known to the Church. Experience with these pilot cases will help inform the setting up of the Church’s full redress for victims and survivors of abuse as that is developed.

Once a full redress scheme is developed we will update our website with further information.

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Why Choose Simpson Millar?

  • Our Abuse Solicitors have helped many other survivors of abuse including physical and sexual abuse make claims under redress schemes
  • We’re compassionate, understanding and easy to talk to, and we’ll handle your case with sensitivity
  • We’ll talk to you in clear, straightforward language so you understand exactly what’s happening
  • We will guide you through each stage of the process
  • Our expert Solicitors will help you access support and survivor groups in your area
  • Everything you tell us is strictly confidential. We won’t reveal anything unless we’ve got your permission
  • You do not need to worry about our costs as we can act on a No Win, No Fee basis
  • Our success stories below show the difference it can make having a specialist Solicitor represent you in your claim
  • Our Solicitors are members the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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We can act on a No Win No Fee basis and you will not have to pay our costs unless your claim is successful. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact one of our Abuse Solicitors for a free initial appointment. 

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