CICA Child Abuse Compensation

Professional legal advice for CICA Child Abuse Compensation claims

If you've suffered child abuse, you may be able to make a CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Award) compensation claim, if you're unable to make a civil claim. We can help you assess your circumstances and establish whether or not you have a realistic claim.

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CICA Child Abuse Compensation SolicitorsWhat is a CICA claim?

The CICA is a government scheme intended to compensate victims of certain crimes. The scheme is only intended as a last resort to be used in very specific circumstances. We can advise you whether or not the CICA scheme is the best way for you to achieve compensation.

The scheme can be used to claim compensation for child abuse. However, most claims for child abuse will involve taking civil action against the abuser or an organisation (for example, their employer if they carried out the abuse in the course of their employment). The CICA scheme is intended for when all other options have failed to give you a fair level of compensation. For example, your abuser may be deceased or have insufficient assets to compensate you, or the company may no longer exist.

Should I make a CICA claim for child abuse?

In reality, this is not something you need to concern yourself with at this stage.  Whether you claim against your abuser, an organisation or the CICA scheme is something that will be decided much further down the line. For any child abuse claim, the first steps remain the same - you should get in touch to discuss your circumstances and get the advice you need. We can advise you on who to claim against at the appropriate time.

How will legal advice help me?

Any legal process can be daunting, but child abuse is one of the most distressing you could ever have to deal with. We frequently speak to people who have never spoken to anyone else about their abuse before, and it is not uncommon for them to have stayed silent about their experiences for years or even decades. Speaking to one of our solicitors about your abuse can be a weight off your mind and help you start to move forward.

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