Child abuse is a traumatic experience that nobody should ever have to face. If you or a loved one have been a victim of child abuse, we understand the impact it can have on your life. At Switalskis, we’re committed to helping survivors of child abuse seek both justice and the support they deserve.
That’s why we’re committed to helping you understand the different routes to compensation; in particular, schemes that can make the process a little less daunting.
We understand that no amount of compensation can ever truly make up for what you’ve been through, but it can offer you vital support when rebuilding your life. We recognise the courage it takes to even think about seeking compensation for abuse and are here to support you throughout the process.
Taking any case through the civil justice system sounds straightforward: you claim, they respond and a judgment is made. But it's often not that simple, especially when you're dealing with something as serious and delicate as child abuse.
The legal process is full of steps, paperwork and terminology that could leave you feeling overwhelmed. While it's our job to help you through this process, we understand why you might want to avoid that stress altogether.
There can also be inconsistencies in outcomes, particularly if an organisation is involved. The compensation you might receive can vary based on who’s responsible for paying it. That’s not what we’d call fair.
Even when you've navigated all that, your claim could fail to meet time limits. Legal technicalities like these are often used to oppose claims, and it's one more worry you don't need.
Lastly, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA), designed specifically for victims of crimes like child abuse often falls short of offering proper financial support to survivors.
After years of helping survivors, we believe that alternative compensation schemes are often a better route. That’s why we’ve been deeply involved in several schemes that have proven successful. And we've seen first-hand the benefits that these schemes offer.
We've worked on a variety of schemes, including the Lambeth Council and Manchester City schemes, as well as the Medomsley and Eastwood Park detention centre schemes and the Irish and Northern Irish redress schemes.
Switalskis was also heavily involved in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, where we argued for a national scheme to cover most child abuse survivors. Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced her support for this in May 2023 and we’re hopeful a new scheme will be introduced in 2024.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse scheme could include:
When it comes to compensation for something as life-altering as child abuse, you deserve a process that treats you with the dignity and care you deserve. That's why we think these schemes are worth your consideration if you are eligible to participate.
Alternate compensation schemes to those offered by the civil justice system have a number of benefits.
Starting a claim might sound like a big commitment, but don't worry. We're here to help you every step of the way. Many schemes will cover your legal costs, so you won't be out of pocket for seeking justice. That means that there’s no good reason not to make a claim when you feel ready to do so.
Here's how you can get started:
It may seem like a long list, but you're not alone. We're here to stand by you, offering both legal expertise and a shoulder to lean on. If you're wondering what your next step should be, don't hesitate to contact us for an initial, no-obligation chat. We're in this together.
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At Switalskis, we take immense pride in the work we do, helping survivors of child abuse to find justice and move forward. Over the years, our commitment has been recognised through various awards and accreditations. Here's a quick look at some of our achievements, so you know you're working with a team you can trust.
We're committed to providing expert, caring legal advice for child abuse claims. If you're ready to take the next step, we're here for a no-obligation chat.
Feel free to get in touch with us by calling 0800 138 0458 or by contacting us through the website.