Abuse Survivors Blog

Can we put an end to institutional abuse in boarding schools?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Feb 2018

The concept of sending one’s child away to a school where they also live is thought to be something quintessentially British. 


Claiming Compensation for Animal Attacks 

Written by Toslima Islam on 19 Jan 2018

Although a dog is seen as a man's best friend, there can be occasions when this is not quite the case.

NHS data reveals that between 2016 – 2017 there were 7,461 people admitted to hospitals in the UK after being bitten or struck by a dog. Dog bites in domestic settings are widely known as the most common injury caused by animals in the UK however injuries caused by animals can occur in other settings such as:  


Institutional abuse investigation in Surrey triggers 1,500 enquiries

Written by Toslima Islam on 08 Dec 2017

Yet another example of institutional abuse is unfolding.

Surrey Police have launched a large scale investigation into allegations of sexual abuse spanning three decades at a children’s home in Woking, Surrey.

In an effort to identify victims and witnesses, police have spoken to hundreds and state that there are over 1,500 enquiries in relation to this investigation.


Caldey Island child abuse sufferers awarded compensation

Written by Tracey Emmott on 22 Nov 2017

Caldey Island is an idyllic, remote island situated two miles offshore from Tenby on the Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales, owned by the Cistercian order of monks.


Types of abuse in therapy and what to do if you've been a victim

Written by Tracey Emmott on 17 Nov 2017

Therapy or counselling with a qualified professional is intended to bring about psychological restoration and recovery, and is usually wholly beneficial and life changing for a client.  


The use of surveillance in personal injury claims

Written by Toslima Islam on 08 Nov 2017

Covert or ‘undercover’ surveillance in personal injury claims is long used by insurance companies representing defendants, and is arguably becoming more prevalent. Video footage can be used to undermine a claimant’s claim or raise questions about the credibility, where it is believed the claimant is exaggerating their injuries or being altogether dishonest about them.


Long awaited law change giving victims of abuse in foster care redress

Written by Tracey Emmott on 26 Oct 2017

Until last week, the law has failed children who have been abused whilst in foster care, providing them with no avenue for financial redress though the civil courts in the form of abuse compensation. Local authorities could only be held to be legally responsible if negligence was proved, but that is notoriously difficult in abuse cases. This left many survivors of abuse in foster care with no legal remedy whatsoever.


Former Institutional Abuse Victim of Wisteria Lodge Awarded Damages

Written by Toslima Islam on 17 Oct 2017

An ever-prevalent example of institutional abuse is that which occurs in children’s homes. Children in care are especially vulnerable, requiring the highest standards of professional practice and care. Sadly, such children can sometimes be taken advantage of by those in positions of authority over themEmmott Snell have represented many individuals who’ve suffered institutional abuse at the hands of those in charge of their care, helping them get the redress they deserve.


The time limit problem in sexual abuse compensation claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Oct 2017

Last week Scotland abolished the long standing time-bar for survivors of childhood abuse to pursue civil damages. In the wake of this historic decision, another look at the time limit problem which still applies in England and Wales is timely.

The English legal system tends not to be overly sympathetic to victims of abuse with regard to the time period within which they can bring their civil compensation claim.


Four things to consider when making a CICA claim

Written by Toslima Islam on 03 Oct 2017

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government body which compensates victims of violent crime. The scheme was first introduced in 1964. Since then there have been a number of changes to the scheme. Applications made today will be dealt with under the 2012 scheme. For this reason the information provided deals with applications made pursuant to the 2012 scheme.