Child Abuse Solicitors

Professional, compassionate legal advice for Child Abuse compensation

If you have suffered child abuse in the past - regardless of how long ago it may have been - the right legal advice could help you to move forward and put the experience behind you. We know that it's very difficult to talk about your experiences, but we've helped many clients get justice and move forward with their lives after abuse.

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Video - what to expect when you speak to a Child Abuse solicitor


Child Abuse Compensation Solicitors - SwitalskisWhat is child abuse?

Any action that causes harm to a child could be classed as child abuse - even if the perpetrator was also a child at the time that the abuse took place. Child abuse can take many forms, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

The abuse itself is committed by individuals. However, organisations such as children's homes or the church are often found legally responsible for the abuse. For example, there could have been failings in their methods for safeguarding vulnerable children in their care.

Why should I take legal advice about child abuse?

Many victims of child abuse have kept all memories of the abuse to themselves for years. They may be well into their adult life before they ever discuss it with anyone, if at all. Just speaking to someone about it may be a weight off your mind and could help prevent other children suffering abuse in the future.

You might be worried about not being believed or be unsure as to whether your experiences actually amount to abuse. All of these thoughts are completely normal and we can help you establish the facts and decide whether or not you have a valid case for compensation. From there, we can guide you through the process if you choose to pursue a claim.

Taking legal advice isn't a point of no return - speaking to us about your circumstances doesn't commit you to going through with any legal process - the choice is still yours. From speaking to us though you will be much clearer on whether or not you want to claim and how to go about it.

When can I claim compensation for child abuse?

If you think you have suffered abuse, we simply recommend that you contact us as soon as you feel able to do so. Strictly speaking, there are time limits on when you can make a claim, however the courts recognise the fact that child abuse claims are more complex. It is very common for child abuse victims to live with the effects of their abuse for years before they feel able to talk about it, so the courts often take a more flexible approach than they might with other types of compensation claim.

Successful claims can be made for abuse that took place years or even decades earlier, so you shouldn't be put off from contacting us if years have passed since the abuse took place. The sooner you contact us though, the easier it might be to prove that you suffered abuse.


If you'd like to know more about the Child Abuse Compensation process, before speaking to a solicitor, these videos will help you get a better understanding. In each video, David Greenwood and Amy Clowrey discuss a different aspect of the process and explain what you need to know before you decide whether or not to pursue compensation.


Questions to ask when looking for a Child Abuse Solicitor


How we can help you claim for Child Abuse Compensation


What is involved in making a claim for Child Abuse Compensation?

You can see more videos like these on our Resources page for survivors of Child Abuse.

Our Child Abuse Compensation specialists

David Greenwood Child Abuse Solicitor, Wakefield

David Greenwood

Director & Solicitor

Rob Casey - Child Abuse Solicitor & Director - Switalskis

Rob Casey

Director & Solicitor Advocate

Amy Clowrey - Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis, Yorkshire & UK

Amy Clowrey

Director & Solicitor

Helen Hughes - Child Abuse Solicitor, Switalskis

Helen Hughes

Associate Solicitor

Sally Smith Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis

Sally Smith

Associate Solicitor

Carole Spencer - Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis

Carole Spencer

Associate Solicitor

Caroline Chandler - Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis

Caroline Chandler


Kieran Chatterton - Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis

Kieran Chatterton


Samantha Follows - Child Abuse Solicitor - Switalskis

Samantha Follows


Sheryl Greenwood Child Abuse Compensation Team

Sheryl Greenwood

Legal Clerk

David Reed - Child Abuse Lawyer - Switalskis

David Reed


How can Switalskis help me?

All of our child abuse compensation team are experienced specialists. They are very aware of how distressing it can be to discuss past child abuse and have helped many others through this process. You can speak to them by phone or in person. Where possible we look to offer a home visit so that you feel more at ease and can speak freely. If you have a preference for speaking to a male or female solicitor, this can also be arranged.

Call our free, confidential child abuse helpline on 0800 138 4700 or contact us through the website if you'd like to discuss your circumstances with one of our solicitors.

What our clients say

"I can't thank Mr Rob Casey enough for his help. He has been very professional, tactful and honest when needed."

Child Abuse Compensation Client

"I found Sally Smith and Switalskis Solicitors very honest and helpful in handling my case. I am happy with the outcome but my children should not have had to go through this. Thank you."

Child Abuse Compensation Client

"David Greenwood and Switalskis are the best firm in the country. They are so honest, put the clients interests above their own, and are driven by a sense of Justice. They are even willing to take a loss financially at times for the greater cause of justice. David goes way beyond the call of duty for his clients. His assistant's Katrina and Louise are so helpful. Always passing on messages and keeping informed when David is away. Look no further. Switalskis is the firm for all your legal challenges"

Child Abuse Compensation Client

"I would like to take this opportunity to say how well Caroline Chandler has handled my application with efficiency and sensitivity from start to finish."

Child Abuse Compensation Client