Reporting Childhood Abuse in Adulthood
There are time limits for bringing a child abuse claim for physical or psychological harm. We explain the details of what you can claim and what time limits you have in which to do so.
In recent years, various Redress Schemes have been introduced in order to compensate, or provide redress, to people who have suffered abuse in certain institutions or at the hands of certain individuals.
Schemes are usually set up on a voluntary basis by organisations when they realise that they may receive multiple claims for harm suffered following abuse at an institution or institutions in their control, or abuse by someone who worked or volunteered for them.
Redress schemes are a way of providing compensation, counselling, support or an apology or other remedy. They are set up to make the process simpler and less challenging for applicants than bringing a civil claim for damages. They can be used as an alternative to a civil claim or in some cases can be run alongside each other. Redress schemes are becoming increasingly common as, for many survivors of abuse, this is a preferable process and for those setting up the scheme it is a means of providing redress to those who are eligible in a swift way that usually costs less in the longer term.
It's important to know that redress schemes have their own terms and conditions, and these vary widely. All schemes need applicants to prove that they are eligible to apply, and eligibility will vary from scheme to scheme.
As there is such a variety in the terms of each scheme it is important that you seek legal advice so that you fully understand how the scheme works before you apply. In many cases, the cost of you obtaining legal advice will be covered by a scheme.
If you instruct a solicitor, they will be able to address the following points:
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