Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants. In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another. Under the proposals there is also ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

How mandatory reporting can help stop child abuse



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been listening to arguments about whether failing to report known or suspected child sexual abuse should be made a criminal offence. The background to this (and in part why the Inquiry was set up) was institutional failings in protecting children, and even covering up known ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Government urged to review Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme



By James Pickles, Paralegal, Child Abuse department On 23rd January 2019, the BBC reported criticisms made about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in a review by the victim’s commissioner, Baroness Newlove. The Newlove Review The Newlove review states that the process of applying for compensation through the CICA forces applicants to revisit traumatic events from their past. The CICA’s ...
 
Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Failing to protect children from abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation On 21 December 2017, the child abuse sector hit a period of uncertainty following the Court of Appeal judgment in CN and GN v Poole Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 2185. For the past 20 years the law surrounding child abuse compensation claims had been very progressive. Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] ...
 
Paul Durkin

Child abuse claims “extremely hard on survivors” – Switalskis’ lawyer gives evidence at Inquiry



On 6 December 2018, Paul Durkin of Switalskis’ Child Abuse Compensation team, gave evidence to the Public Inquiry known as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA”). Here he describes the evidence that he presented to the Inquiry. IICSA has a number of modules looking at different areas of the civil litigation process in cases surrounding historical child abuse. ...
 
Wooden church pews

Client works with MP to question Prime Minister on child abuse



Switalskis client Rev Matt Ineson, who suffered child sex abuse by a Bradford vicar in the 1980s, has worked with his MP Tracy Brabin to ask a question at Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Matt has campaigned alongside Switalskis Solicitor David Greenwood to raise standards of safeguarding in the Church of England and other institutions. They both ...
 

Victim of abuse successfully claims against The Boys’ Brigade



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Switalskis have recently settled a claim against The Boys’ Brigade following abuse by a Brigade leader in the early 1990s. Here, specialist Child Abuse Solicitor Kieran Chatterton briefly outlines the details of the case and outcome for our client. The Facts Our client was a vulnerable child living with his mother and siblings, and came ...
 
Child Abuse Compensation Solicitors

Government announces Criminal Injuries Compensation review



On 9th September 2018, the Ministry of Justice announced that they will be conducting a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme as part of their new Victims Strategy. Many people, including survivors of historic child abuse, have found that their applications have been unsuccessful due to the outdated nature of the current CICA rules. It is anticipated that the ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

Criminal injuries claims and the ‘same roof rule’



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law The Court of Appeal has recently decided that the ‘same roof rule’ which applies in criminal injury compensation claims is incompatible with the Human Right Act (HRA). The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensates victims of crime for injuries that they suffered if they satisfy certain criteria, which includes victims of sexual assaults. ...
 
Director David Greenwood

31 charged with child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield



By David Greenwood, Solicitor and Head of Child Abuse Law Recent years have seen hundreds of men and women throughout the country convicted of offences relating to the grooming and sexual exploitation of children. This Wednesday (15 August) saw a further 31 people charged in relation to such offences in Huddersfield. Of those charged, 28 are from Huddersfield with others ...