The NSPCC estimates that over half a million children are abused at home in the UK every year.
It believes that for every one of the 50,000 children currently identified as needing protection, another eight children are suffering in silence.
The term ‘child abuse’ covers physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Child sexual abuse and exploitation dominate the headlines, and calls to organisations such as ChildLine and NSPCC about sexual abuse are on the increase. However, neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK and has increased dramatically over the past five years. Abuse in the home environment committed by parents, uncles, aunts, siblings and other relations makes up the majority of allegations. The increase in reported cases is probably because heightened awareness of the issues means that more survivors are finding the courage to come forward. But it is vital that they get ongoing specialist support to help them overcome the effects of the abuse they have suffered, and that support comes at a price.
If you experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse by a parent, family friend, or relative, or other trusted adult, you could be entitled to compensation. We understand that compensation alone isn’t a solution to your pain, but it will provide the funding you need to pay for long-term support to improve your physical, emotional and mental health, and help you put the damaging effects of abuse behind you. Our abuse solicitors will give you a free initial appointment to explore whether you could claim compensation.