Child Abuse Claims

Scouts Child Abuse Claims

When a child joins Cubs, Beavers or Scouts, a lot of trust and responsibility is placed in the leaders and volunteers who help the organisation run, but abusers can also use these positions to take advantage of children of all ages.

If you or your child were abused while in the Scouts, you could claim compensation from those responsible. Our solicitors have a lot of experience supporting people of all ages who've been abused in the Scouts, and we could help you too.

We've helped make claims for sexual, physical and emotional abuse from Scout Leaders, other employees, or other children, approaching every case with sensitivity and support.

We understand that the unique nature of Scouts child abuse claims require specialist knowledge and experience, and our lawyers have been helping abuse survivors for nearly two decades.

Even if the abuse happened years ago, you may still be able to claim. We're currently acting for a number of clients who have suffered abuse in the Scouts over many years, so remember that you're not alone, and that we're here to help. Contact us online or call on 0800 056 4110 today for a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors.

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Scouts Child Abuse Claims - More Information
    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. You may be eligible for legal aid, or be covered by legal expenses insurance (LEI) or a trade union policy. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Do You Handle Legal Aid Cases?
    • Yes, legal aid may be available for some types of abuse cases.

      Legal aid is means-tested. We can help you with the application process for this and, if you do not qualify, we will explore other types of funding such as No Win No Fee* agreements.

      If you’d like to discuss whether you can make an abuse claim using legal aid, then please call one of our specialist team on 0800 056 4110.


    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances of your abuse, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from legal aid or a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same four stages:

      • Investigation. We'll take a full history from you, taking time to understand what happened and when. We’ll note any injuries or psychological trauma you've experienced as a result and we may refer you for a medical or psychological examination to investigate the full impact of your abuser's actions. We may also look into records kept by the police, courts, schools, Local Authorities, or medical institutions.

        We'll also need to work out who the claim will be made against. It could be an individual, or an organisation either responsible for that person's actions, or for your safety. If it's an individual, our investigators will have to look into their financial assets to find out if they'll be able to pay any settlement we agree.
      • Rehabilitation. Abuse, whether physical, sexual or emotional, can have long-lasting impacts on both physical and mental health, and we'll help you to access any medical or psychological care and support you need, both now and in the future.
      • Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries or trauma, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had to pay, and whether your abuser has impacted your ability to find work.
      • Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, the case will be settled in court – although this is rare. If you do have to go to court, we'll be there support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for your free initial consultation.


    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive for an abuse claim depends on a number of factors that vary from case to case. When calculating your compensation, we take a number of things into account, including:

      • The type of abuse experienced
      • The extent of the abuse, and how long it's gone on for
      • Physical injuries experienced as a result, and any treatment needed both now and in the future
      • Psychological trauma, and any therapy or counselling needed both now and in the future
      • Impacts on your ability to find work as a result of abuse

      The compensation you receive may also depend on who the claim is being made against. We'll investigate and advise on whether it's possible to make a claim against an abuser, an organisation they worked with, or an organisation that should have done more to protect you from abuse, and this may affect your settlement.

      If you have any questions about how much you can claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation.

I just felt that they were very competent and that I could trust them, which is very important in a case like this. It’s hard to explain – I have nothing but praise about how we were treated.”

Peter, London
Peter

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Would You Claim Against Following Abuse In The Scouts?

The Scouts is meant to be a safe organisation for children to learn and socialise, but abusers and paedophiles in positions of trust and authority can take advantage of young people being away from their parents.

Sexual, physical or emotional abuse can be committed by anyone working for or involved with the Scouts, Cubs or Beavers organisations, including:

  • Scout Leaders
  • Volunteers
  • Employees at camps or activities used by the Scouts
  • Other children in the Scouts

The abuser doesn't necessarily have to be directly employed by or volunteering with the Scouts for us to make a claim against the organisation, as we may be able to establish that they failed in their duty to keep children in their care safe by exposing them to an abuser.

However, depending on the evidence, and the nature of the case, there may be the opportunity to claim against the individual responsible for the abuse.

If you're unsure if you'd be able to make a claim or not, or have any other questions about the process, please don't hesitate to call us on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation.


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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Scouts Child Abuse Claim?

We understand that talking about abuse that happened to you may seem daunting, and you may be put off from making a compensation claim. In situations like this, it helps to have the experts on your side – someone with experience in making successful claims against the Scouts, who can support you every step of the way.

We have years of experience helping clients who have experienced abuse as children, including many claims for those abused while in the Scouts, so you can trust us to give you the dedicated support that you need.

Our child abuse lawyers are recognised as leaders in their field, with a proven track record in Scouts child abuse claims. Some of our specialist solicitors help lead the legal industry in its approach to child abuse cases:

  • Tracey Storey coordinates the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Special Interest Group on Child Abuse
  • Tracey and Luke Daniels are on The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers' Executive Committee

Our role in claims against the Scouts has led to us calling on the organisation to ensure that the focus remains on ensuring those affected can get the support they need, as more concerns regarding the problems emerge.

We also do everything we can to support survivors as they claim, helping our clients to access the therapy, counselling and any medical support they need to move on with their lives.

If you have any questions about making a child abuse claim against the Scouts Association, please contact us on 0800 056 4110, or get in touch online to arrange a free initial consultation about your case.


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Working With Survivors

When you make a claim with us, we put your wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. Providing you with the care and support you need to deal with the traumatic experience of abuse or an assault is as important to us as ensuring you receive financial compensation.

Our client liaison managers can work with you from the beginning of your case if needed, helping us understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it. We also work with a number of organisations that offer extensive support to survivors of violent crime and abuse, including:

Our approach to our clients' rehabilitation is extremely well respected in the industry, and has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

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