How Much Compensation is Awarded for Child Abuse?

Author:
Thomas Schofield
Trainee Solicitor
Date:
13/08/2019

There are two types of claim you can make for child abuse - a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claim or a civil claim against the defendant through the Courts. We show the amounts of compensation that can be awarded in both types of claims below.

The amount of compensation you can receive from a child abuse claim varies depends on a number of factors, including:

      • The type and amount of abuse you have suffered
      • The length of time the abuse took place
      • The psychological effects of the abuse
      • The costs of appropriate psychological therapy
      • Loss of earnings, if the abuse you suffered caused you a disadvantage on the open labour market

Due to the complexities involved in child abuse cases, nobody can accurately value a claim at the outset of a case. However, our Abuse Claims Solicitors can estimate how much compensation your claim could be worth. In order to assess the value of your claim, it’s important that we obtain as much evidence as possible in each of the above categories, including social care and medical records.

For a free confidential consultation and free legal advice contact our Abuse Claims Solicitors. Ask about Legal Aid or if we can deal with your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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CICA Claims for Child Abuse

CICA compensation awards are set out below for both sexual abuse and physical abuse. The following information is factually correct, but you may find reading this to be very unpleasant.

Sexual Child Abuse

      • Non-penetrative sexual physical act/s over clothing - £1,000 or £1,500 (depending on frequency)
      • Non-penetrative sexual physical act/s under clothing - £2,000 or £3,300 (depending on frequency)
      • One or more of non-penile penetrative or oral genital act/s:
        Once – £3,300
        Two or more isolated incidents - £4,400
        Pattern of repetitive, frequent incidents
         Up to three years abuse – £6,600
         Over 3 years abuse - £8,200
         resulting in serious internal bodily injuries - £22,000
         Resulting in permanently disabling mental illness confirmed by psychiatric prognosis - £22,000 or £27,000 (depending on severity)
      •  Non-consensual penile penetration of one or more of vagina, anus or mouth (rape):
         One incident - £11,000
         One incident involving two or more attackers - £13,500
         Repeated incidents over a period - £16,500 or £22,000 (if over a period of more than 3 years)
         Resulting in serious internal bodily injuries - £22,000
         Resulting in permanently disabling mental illness confirmed by psychiatric prognosis - £22,000 or £27,000 (depending on severity)
         Resulting in serious internal bodily injury with permanent disabling mental illness confirmed by psychiatric prognosis - £33,000 or £44,000 (depending on severity).

Physical Child Abuse

        • Isolated or intermittent assault/s resulting in weals (red, swollen marks), hair pulled from the scalp etc. - £1,000
        • Intermittent physical assaults resulting in an accumulation of healed wounds, burns or scalds, but with no appreciable disfigurement - £2,000
        • Persistent pattern of repetitive violence resulting in:
          • moderate multiple injuries (e.g. bruising and minor fractures) or minor disfigurement - £5,500
          • significant multiple injuries - £8,200
          • severe multiple injuries - £13,500

The CICA compensation scheme operates to award one figure, the one which represents the highest level of abuse you have suffered, according to the above criteria. That means you don’t add up each individual amount, but rather go down the list until you reach the most serious level of abuse you have suffered.

These figures are the starting point for the CICA in determining the value of your claim. In the most severe cases, our Solicitors have been successful in making CICA applications which reach the maximum award available from the CICA, which is £500,000.

There are strict time limits for bringing a CICA claim. Generally speaking you have 2 years to bring a claim from first reporting the abuse to the police. If the police report happened before you were 18, you have until your 20th birthday to bring a claim.

The CICA awards compensation on a tariff basis, meaning that if you satisfy certain criteria for one of the categories of CICA claim, you will be awarded a set amount.

Civil Claims for Child Abuse

Whereas there is a set table for CICA claims, civil claims are based on what can be proven at Court, and are valued in relation to other successful claims. In order to value a claim, our Solicitors need to obtain all your records, get a medical expert’s opinion as to the psychological damage you have suffered, and get advice from a Barrister.

The aim of child abuse compensation is to try and put you in the position you would have been in had the abuse not occurred. So each case is different and will reflect each person’s individual situations and circumstances. Compensation settlements can therefore range from around £5,000 to £200,000 – and sometimes higher.

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