Whether you live in Henley on Thames or in another part of the country, you could still be a victim of child abuse, it does not matter where you live, as it is a problem that is worldwide. Offenders are dealt with severely by the courts no matter what country you live in, but did you know that in the UK you can claim compensation if you are a victim of child abuse.
Our solicitors for Henley on Thames have a wealth of experience in dealing with these cases, and you will find them to be compassionate and helpful when you want to make a child abuse claim.
The solicitors in Henley on Thames will make a claim to the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme on your behalf
This scheme is government funded to compensate the victims os violent crimes and abuse, where the victim has been unable to get compensation from the guilty party.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers it and there are time limits that apply to making a claim, normally within 2 years of the incident
If you were under 18 at the time of the abuse
The CICA understand that it is not always possible for children under the age of 18 to report any abuse that has happened to them. So for this reason there are special rules that apply, they are:
- If the incident or period of abuse took place before you turned 18, but was not reported to the police at the time, they will consider your claim if it is made within two years of the date it was reported to the police.
- If you were under 18, it is best if someone applies on your behalf as soon as possible. This is because it may be harder to prove the crime later.
- If the incident or period of abuse was reported to the police before you were 18, and no one made a claim on your behalf, they will accept a claim from you providing you make it before your 20th birthday.
Any violent crimes that happen against children, not just sexual abuse, are covered by these rules.
Our patron Esther Rantzen, is a fighter for childrens rights
Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion has been our patron for the last 10 years. She is so influential that some of her campaigns led to changes in the laws, such as seat belts for children in the back of cars and safer playground surfaces.
Children’s rights are just one of the things she still fights for and no doubt one of the things she will be best remembered for is the setting up of Childline, the children’s charity that gives children access to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This helpline has been copied in over 150 other countries, that’s a lot of children now with access to help, all because of Esther.
Accident Advice Helpline will help you make your injury compensation claim
We are here to help with your personal injury claim. The advisers on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone are friendly and compassionate, and you can speak to them in confidence. Have a chat with one of them and if you decide you want to proceed, they will start your compensation claim, using the solicitors in Henley on Thames.
Date Published: 4th April 2014
Author: David Brown