Contact The Team

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Child Abuse Compensation Claims

Child Abuse Compensation Claims

Making a child abuse compensation claim could be the first step towards obtaining justice for the wrongs committed against you.

IBB Solicitors understands that abuse in childhood can have profound effects on your life – both physically and emotionally.  It could be years before you are able to fully acknowledge the painful events that took place, and even longer before you decide to make a claim for compensation.  Our abuse solicitors will always deal with your case with sensitivity and compassion. We will provide you with free initial advice to discuss your case and the possibility of claiming compensation. We offer a No-Win No-Fee Agreement so there is no financial risk involved if you are not successful.  To discuss your case  or to make an appointment please contact us on 01895 207284 . Alternatively, please email us at PI@ibblaw.co.uk or complete our online form.


Empowering victims of abuse

Claiming compensation for abuse is not only empowering for a victim, it can provide the platform for recovery and healing through:


  • Bringing the perpetrator to justice;
  • Preventing other potential victims from being abused;
  • Encouraging other victims of abuse to come forward;
  • Obtaining financial compensation for medical support in relation to resulting physical conditions. This support could include access to specialists beyond the limited NHS resources;
  • Obtaining financial compensation in relation to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, addictions, personality disorders, anger management or other issues. This support could include access to doctors, and specialist psychotherapists and psychiatrists - beyond the limited NHS resources;
  • Obtaining financial compensation for specialist emotional and out-reach support. This could include access to psychotherapists that specialise in cultural and religious issues,  self-esteem and trust issues, social anxiety, relationship issues, addictions and substance abuse;
  • In some cases you could obtain compensation for loss of earnings.

A mother of a child abused at school, discusses the impact of specialist abuse therapy on her daughter's development following the abuse.

Do you have a compensation claim?

You may be entitled to make a compensation claim if you have been subjected to abuse by someone who was in a position of trust. This could include a parent, carer, community worker or professional.

Our legal experts have represented claimants  bringing challenging child abuse claims such as those involving:

  • Sexual abuse:  Rape, indecent assault, undesired sexual behaviour, being forced to perform acts, and being photographed;
  • Physical abuse: Physical injuries or punishments, being restrained;
  • Psychological abuse: Fear of injury, emotional trauma associated with threatening behaviour, intimidation, insulting or humiliating behaviour;
  • Neglect: Failure to provide protection from harm, failure to provide adequate food, water, heating, housing or access to medical care.

Whether you were a victim of abuse in childhood, or you are a parent (or carer) of a child who has been abused, IBB’s child abuse solicitors are here to guide you through the claims process. Contact us today to arrange your free no obligation consultation.

Contact our no-win no-fee child abuse solicitors for a free consultation

Who can I claim against in a child abuse case?

We can advise you on how to claim compensation either from the perpetrator (or their estate) or from the organisation that employed them.

An individual could include a parent, relative, foster parent or other person.

An organisation could include:

Can I make a compensation claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?

You may also be able to make an additional claim under against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  Our legal experts on abuse and compensation can guide you through the process.

Is there a time limit to make a claim?

There are time limits for bringing claims for compensation. Time normally runs from the event that led to the harm being caused. However, in child abuse cases it is recognised that there are a number of factors that may prevent an individual from bringing a claim for many years. Therefore, child abuse claimants are given more time to bring a claim but that time is not open-ended. Therefore, it is important you contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain advice about bring a compensation claim, to ensure you obtain justice.

Can you change your law firm?

If you are concerned that your current solicitor is not a specialist in child abuse compensation claims or you feel that you are not receiving a good level of service, contact our abuse lawyers today to discuss your case.

Because child abuse claims can be complex it is important to work with a solicitor who specialises in this area.  We are members of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) and deal with all claims with the highest level of compassion, professionalism and sensitivity.

You can be assured that your claim will be handled in complete confidence.

Contact our no-win no-fee Child abuse solicitors for a free consultation

What to do if you have been abused, or you are a parent/guardian of an abused child

If you were abused in childhood or are representing a child victim, it is important to consider the following steps:

  • Contact a solicitor who specialises in representing victims of abuse.
  • Arrange an initial consultation with the solicitor to discuss the circumstances of your case. An experienced solicitor will not seek specific details of the abuse at this stage.
  • The solicitor will recommend that the victim, or the parents of the child, report allegations of the abuse to the police. A report to the police is an important aspect of a compensation claim.
  • The solicitor should recommend that the abuse victim contact their doctor if they have not done so already. Obtaining support will help the victim deal with the effects of the abuse as well as other issues resulting from discussing painful events.
  • Prepare a file containing records and dates of the abuse, including names and details of the individual and the organisation that employed them.  The solicitor will carry out further detailed investigation.It is important that the victim does not contact other alleged victims as this could adversely affect the outcome of the claim.
  • Keep a long-term perspective. Child abuse claims, especially historic ones, do require expert investigation and preparation.  A skilled child abuse solicitor will take the time to carefully prepare your case to make sure that your compensation claim has the highest chance of success.
  • Access a supportive network of friends, family members and medical and mental health resources to provide encouragement. Bringing a claim against a perpetrator of abuse requires strength and courage, but it can be stressful. A good support network can help you through the process.

Contact our experienced child abuse solicitors risk-free

Malcolm Underhill, an expert on this area of law, leads our child abuse legal team.  Malcolm is not only an experienced abuse lawyer, he is also an active and passionate campaigner for the protection of children in schools and other institutions.  Our team of specialist child abuse solicitors understands that making a claim for abuse can be an upsetting and stressful experience.  We are sensitive to a victim’s needs, and are here to guide you every step of the way. 

IBB Solicitors offers a free initial consultation to a victim of abuse where we discuss your case with sensitivity and compassion and provide a realistic assessment of the outcome of a claim. We operate on a no win–no fee basis. 

Testimonial for Malcolm Underhill 

How to make a child abuse compensation claim

If you want to enquire about making a child abuse claim, please contact our child abuse solicitors on 01895 207284 . Alternatively, please email us at PI@ibblaw.co.uk or complete our online form.

Contact our no-win no-fee solicitors for a free consultation

Malcolm Underhill

Malcolm Underhill

Partner PIEnquiries@ibblaw.co.uk 01895 207972

Why choose us? 

  • No win, no fee
  • Specialist personal injury lawyers
  • No hidden charges
  • Free expert claims advice 

Speak to us today