What can I do About Abuse at my Child’s School?
When your child leaves home for a day at school you would expect them to be safe and secure under the staff’s watchful eye. However, sadly this is not always the case.
The emotional effects of abuse are wide-ranging and can include feelings of shame, embarrassment, self-blame and guilt. Victims of abuse can also suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, depression and have an inherent distrust of others.
That means it can often take a long time before a person is ready to talk about the abuse they’ve suffered.
There are time limits for bringing a child abuse claim for physical or psychological harm, with the Limitation Act 1980 setting a 3-year time limit to bring a claim. In broad terms, the time starts to run from the date the abuse ended. But if the abuse happened in childhood, the time starts to run from your 18th birthday, so a claim should ideally be brought before your 21st birthday.
However, in special cases, a Judge may have the choice to ignore the time limits. If it can be shown there are good reasons for the delay, and that there can still be a fair Trial, a Judge may be persuaded to allow your case to continue. It can be very difficult to prove the above, so specialist legal advice should be sought from a Child Abuse Solicitor before making a claim.
Contact our Child Abuse Solicitors for free legal advice and ask about Legal Aid or if we can deal with your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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