Children’s home and foster care abuse compensation

Children’s home and foster care abuse compensation

For a voice in your corner

If you've experienced abuse in a children’s home or foster care setting, you know how deeply it can affect your life. The emotional and physical scars can last a lifetime, affecting your mental health, relationships and even your ability to trust others. It's a heavy burden to carry, and one that no one should have to bear alone. That's why Switalskis is here to help you seek justice and compensation for the wrongs you've suffered.

We understand that taking the first step and talking about your experiences can be incredibly difficult. The thought of revisiting those painful memories may feel overwhelming. But you don't have to go through it by yourself. Our team is not just skilled in the legal aspects of children’s home and foster care abuse claims. We're also committed to providing a compassionate, safe space for you to share your story. We're here to listen, understand and guide you through the legal process in the pursuit of the foster care abuse compensation you deserve.

Taking legal action can be a powerful step in your healing journey, offering a sense of justice and closure that can be crucial for moving forward. So, if you're ready to take that step, know that Switalskis is here to support you.

To speak to one of our specialist foster care abuse solicitors about your situation in confidence, call us on 0800 1380 458, or contact us through the website.

How Switalskis can help you

When you're dealing with something as emotionally charged and complex as foster care abuse, you need more than just a legal team. You need a group of people who genuinely care about your wellbeing and are committed to helping you find justice and peace.

From the moment you reach out to us, you'll find a safe, confidential environment where you can share your story without fear of judgement. We understand how difficult it is to talk about these experiences, and we're here to listen and support you. Your privacy is our top priority, and all conversations are held in the strictest confidence.

Our team, which is led by David Greenwood , has extensive experience in dealing with the complexities of children’s home and foster care abuse cases. We'll explain your legal options in simple, straightforward language, so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed. We'll also help you understand the types of foster care abuse compensation you may be eligible for, based on the specifics of your case.

Cases involving foster care abuse often come with unique legal hurdles, such as protecting your identity or dealing with media attention. We're experts in navigating these challenges and will take every precaution to safeguard your wellbeing. We'll handle all the legal complexities so you can focus on your healing journey.

Legal fees can be a concern, but we're completely transparent about costs from the start. We'll discuss our fee structure in detail, so you’ll know exactly what to expect financially. We'll also explore any funding options that may be available to you.

We're not just here for the legal aspects; we're also here to offer emotional support. We can connect you with additional resources and organisations that can help you heal and move forward. Whether it's counselling services or support groups, we'll help you to find the right resources for your needs.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

What is foster care abuse?

Abuse in a foster care or children’s home setting is a deeply troubling issue that can have long-lasting effects on a child's life. It's important to understand that abuse can manifest in various forms, each with its own set of challenges and effects. Here are some of the most common types of abuse that can occur in a foster care or children’s home setting:

Physical abuse

This involves any form of physical harm inflicted upon the child, such as hitting, slapping or using excessive force. Physical abuse often leaves visible marks or injuries, but not in all cases. It can also result in long-term health issues.

Emotional abuse

Emotional or abuse can be less visible but equally damaging. This can include constant criticism, humiliation or emotional manipulation. Over time, emotional abuse can lead to severe mental health issues like depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Sexual abuse

Any form of sexual contact or exploitation falls under this category. Sexual abuse in foster care or a children’s home is particularly traumatic, given the trust that a child should be able to place in their caregivers. The impact can last a lifetime, affecting relationships and mental wellbeing.


This involves failing to provide for the child's basic needs, such as food, shelter, education, or medical care. Neglect can lead to a host of developmental issues and continue to affect the abused person long into adulthood.

Financial exploitation

Though less common, some foster parents or other caregivers may exploit children for financial gain such as by taking their allowance or benefits. This is also considered a form of abuse.

The effects of abuse in foster care or a children’s home can extend far into adult life, affecting mental health, education, employment, and the ability to form healthy relationships. It's not just a problem for the here and now; it's an issue that can shape the course of a person's life.

Understanding the various forms of abuse is the first step in seeking justice and compensation for foster care abuse. If you've experienced any of these types of abuse, it's important to know that help is available. At Switalskis, we're committed to guiding you through the legal process to secure the children’s home or foster care abuse compensation you deserve. This can be a significant step towards healing and recovery.

How can legal advice help me?

If you’ve suffered abuse, taking legal advice might well be the first time you’ve spoken to anyone about it. If this is the case, you will not be alone. While it may be distressing to begin with, many abuse survivors find that speaking to a solicitor about their experiences takes a weight off their mind.

You may be unsure as to whether or not your experiences actually amount to abuse, or you might worry about not being believed when you talk about the abuse you experienced. As specialists in child abuse claims, you can be sure that we’re familiar with the type and extent of abuse that can happen in children’s homes and foster care. We will take your account of your experiences very seriously and advise you on their legal implications.

Once we know all of the facts, we can advise you on whether or not you have a realistic chance of achieving compensation and give you options on how best to proceed.

Making a children’s home or foster care abuse claim

Navigating the legal landscape for children’s home or foster care abuse compensation claims can be daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with how it all works. Here's a more detailed look at each step of the process to give you a clearer understanding of what to expect:

Step 1: Initial consultation

We start with a confidential, no-obligation chat. During this initial consultation, we'll listen to your story and assess the viability of your claim. This is your chance to ask questions and get a feel for how we can support you.

Step 2: Case assessment

We'll look into the specifics of your case, including all the available evidence. We might consult with independent experts, and review everything to gauge the strength of your children’s home or foster care abuse claim. We'll also outline the potential routes for legal action and what each might include.

Step 3: Gathering evidence

We collect all necessary documents, records and witness statements to build a strong case. Depending on your situation, this could include medical records, assessments, and any correspondence or reports that relate to the abuse.

Step 4: Preparing your case

Once we have all the evidence, we'll prepare your case for settlement discussions. This involves drafting legal documents, setting out your claims clearly, and liaising with the other parties involved. We'll keep you updated at every stage, so you're never left in the dark.

Step 5: Settlement and compensation

Many cases are settled before they reach court. Once the case is resolved, we'll work on securing your foster care abuse compensation as quickly as possible.

Step 6: Aftercare and next steps

The legal process may be over, but our support isn't. We'll guide you through any further steps you may wish to take, such as appeals or additional legal actions. We can also connect you with resources for ongoing emotional and support.

Is there a time limit for making a children’s home or foster care abuse claim?

Strict time limits usually apply to compensation claims, but it's important to know that exceptions are often made for abuse cases, especially those involving children. Generally, you have until your 21st birthday to make a claim if you were abused as a child. However, courts can be understanding about the reasons for delays, such as emotional trauma or late realisation of the impact of the abuse. It's best to consult with us for specifics related to your circumstances.

How does Switalskis ensure my privacy and safety?

Your privacy and safety are our utmost priorities. All communications with us are confidential, and we take rigorous steps to protect your personal information. We also offer options for anonymous testimony and can guide you through the legal measures available to protect your identity, especially if your case gains media attention.

What types of evidence are important for my foster care abuse compensation claim?

Evidence is important for building a strong case. This can include medical records that document physical or harm, witness statements from people who can provide insights on the abuse, and any official reports or correspondence related to the abuse. Photos, emails or text messages can also serve as evidence. We'll help you gather all the necessary pieces to make your case as strong as possible.

What about the costs involved?

We understand that the financial aspect of legal proceedings can be a concern. That's why we're transparent about all costs from the start. During our initial consultation, we'll discuss our fee structure and any funding options that may be available to you, such as no win, no fee agreements. This way, you'll know exactly what to expect in terms of your finances.

Can I claim compensation even if the abuse happened many years ago?

You can still pursue a claim for historical abuse. Courts often make exceptions for abuse cases, understanding that the emotional trauma of children’s home abuse can delay reporting. However, it's important to consult with us to assess the specifics of your case, as gathering evidence for historical abuse can be challenging.

What kind of compensation can I expect?

The amount of children’s home or foster care abuse compensation you can expect varies depending on the severity of the abuse, its long-term impact on your life, and any costs you've experienced for treatment or therapy. While we can't provide an exact estimate, we'll give you a general idea based on similar cases we've handled.

How long does the legal process usually take?

The duration of the legal process will vary depending on the complexity of your case. Simple cases may resolve in a few months, while more complex ones could take years. We'll give you a more accurate timeline once we’ve discussed the circumstances surrounding your case.

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To speak to us about your situation in confidence, call us on 0800 1380 458, or contact us through the website.

Our child abuse claims specialists

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David GreenwoodDirector and Solicitor
Rob CaseyDirector and Solicitor Advocate
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Amy ClowreyDirector and Solicitor
Helen HughesAssociate Solicitor
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Sally SmithAssociate Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

When you're facing the difficult journey of seeking justice for abuse, it's important to have a legal team that not only understands the law but also cares for you as a person. We recognise the value of justice in the healing process for those who experienced abuse while in foster care or a children’s home. That means we’re ready to fight by your side. Here's why Switalskis should be your first choice:

Clarity in complexity

Legal processes can be complex and intimidating, but we pride ourselves on making things as clear as possible for you. We'll break down the legal jargon into plain English and guide you through each step of your children’s home or foster care abuse claim. We aim to simplify matters that some clients would otherwise find very complicated, making the information quick to find and easy to understand.

Empathy at every step

We're not just here to handle the legal aspects; we're also here to offer emotional and support. From the moment you reach out to us, you'll find a safe, confidential environment where you can share your story without fear of judgement. Our team is trained to approach each case with sensitivity and compassion, making sure you feel supported throughout the entire process.

Expertise you can trust

Our team has extensive experience in dealing with the complexities of foster care abuse cases. We've successfully guided numerous clients through the legal maze of a trial to secure the compensation they deserve. Our expertise isn't just in law; it's also in understanding the unique challenges that come with abuse cases, such as gathering sensitive evidence and navigating the emotional terrain.

Championing your rights

We're committed to fighting for justice on your behalf. Whether it's in settlement discussions or in court, we'll advocate passionately for your rights. We're not just your legal representatives; we're your supporters in this challenging journey towards justice and healing.

Please see below for more information on the ways we can help with your claim.

Our awards and accreditations for child abuse cases

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.

National recognitions

2014: National PI Awards

  • Case of the Year for Rotherham grooming
  • Claimant Personal Injury Team of the Year
  • Claimant Lawyer of the Year: David Greenwood

2015: National PI Awards

  • Claimant PI Team of the Year

2016: National PI Awards

  • Claimant Lawyer of the Year: David Greenwood

2018: National PI Awards

  • Claimant PI Team of the Year

2022: National PI Awards

  • Claimant PI Team of the Year

Yorkshire recognitions

2015, 2017, 2021: Yorkshire Legal Awards

  • Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

2022: Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year

  • David Greenwood

Rising stars and special mentions

2018: Modern Law Awards

  • Rising Star of the Year: Amy Clowrey

2023: Modern Law Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year: Amy Clowrey

Other accolades

2023: Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse

  • Winning Lawyer in Insurance: David Greenwood

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you’re ready to take the first step towards recovery, we’re here to support you. Contact us today for a confidential, no-obligation chat about your options for children’s home or foster care abuse compensation.

Reach out to Switalskis today by calling 0800 138 0458 or by contacting us through the website.

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