Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

44 West Yorkshire Arrests over Historical Child Sex Abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse Forty four people have been arrested in West Yorkshire (39 of which this month) over child sex abuse allegations against four women, taking place between 1995 and 2002.  West Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into the abuse claims in the Kirklees area, primarily in Deswbury and Batley. Child Sexual Exploitation claims are taken ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

Inquiry into Technology Companies and Children’s Online Safety



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Switalskis Solicitors have recently represented three victims of on-line sexual abuse at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The inquiry was set up in 2015 to investigate institutional failures of sexual abuse of children and in May 2019 there was a two week hearing where evidence was heard about how the internet ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Switalskis Settling High Value Cases for Survivors of Lambeth Abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse  Further to previous blogs about the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme, which went live in 2018, Switalskis Solicitors are now settling a number of high value cases. The scheme was set up after Lambeth council accepted that historically, many children were psychologically, physically and sexually abused whilst in their care. Due to strong ...
 
Director David Greenwood

Long Awaited Decision on Social Services Negligence



By David Greenwood, Director and Solicitor, Child Abuse (This applies to Exploitation and “failure to remove” cases). Since December 2017 we have been waiting for the most senior judges in England to decide whether councils can be held liable for negligent social workers. Hundreds of claimants across the country were fearful that judges could have given councils immunity from having ...
 
Director David Greenwood

First Anglican Child Sex Abuse Case to be Fought in the Civil Courts



By David Greenwood, Director and Solicitor, Child Abuse The facts The Claimant claimed damages following a sexual assault upon her by The Reverend Brian Keith Rice (1932-2008), an Anglican clergyman, when she was about 11 years old. He would have been 46 years old. His entry in the Crockford’s Directory lists his appointments in the Church. These included Director of ...
 

David Greenwood Featured on S4C Documentary



Switalskis Solicitor and Head of our Child Abuse Compensation Team, David Greenwood, was recently featured on S4C TV channel as part of the Y Byd Er Bedwar documentary looking at child abuse within the Catholic Church, specifically at Caldey Abbey.  Caldey Abbey is part of the Cistercian Order. In 2016 allegations of child abuse at the Abbey starting in 1972 were ...
 

Bradford Council Support Investigation into Historic Sex Abuse



David Greenwood, head of Switalskis’ child abuse compensation team, recently featured on a BBC Look North segment discussing Bradford Council’s support of an in-depth investigation into historic sex abuse of teenage girls by the Children Safeguarding Board.  The investigation was launched following sexual abuse in children’s homes in the city. In 2008, two fourteen year old girls were abused while ...
 
Bev Mercer Child Abuse Solicitor

Mental Health Awareness Week



By Bev Mercer, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Mental Health Awareness Week in 2019 runs from the 13th to the 19th May. For those who have suffered child sexual abuse or exploitation, there are a number of organisations and services that can assist and provide support for survivors who may be experiencing mental health problems resulting from what they have been ...
 
Director David Greenwood

Windrush Compensation Scheme



Open to Commonwealth migrants and their families. The Government has announced a scheme to compensate migrants wronged by harsh immigration decisions. The scheme is open to anyone coming to the UK from Commonwealth countries without papers or who has experienced difficulty in finding work, housing or benefits. The scheme will compensate anyone who has experienced difficulty. Click here to access ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – council urged to treat survivors with dignity



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law On 1 April I attended the Lambeth Cabinet Meeting regarding the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme. Approximately 100 survivors flooded into the Cabinet Meeting, at which Shirley Oaks Survivors Association members and applicant lawyers spoke frankly to the council members about how the Scheme had worked in practice over the last 15 months ...