Child Abuse in Chesham

Child Abuse in Chesham

IBB Claims do not pursue every type of personal injury claim but focus on a limited number of areas where we have particular expertise. We have been acting for children and for adults who were abused in childhood for many years, successfully recovering compensation for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Our experience is that survivors of abuse are not treated fairly. We fight to do justice for the victims of childhood sexual abuse, assisting them in gaining access to good quality counselling, therapy or psychiatric services and obtaining financial compensation so that they may engage with counsellors, therapists and psychiatrists on a long-term basis, knowing that they have the funds to do so. Furthermore, compensation will also include a sum of money to reflect the harm caused at the time of the abuse and the ongoing effects, or potentially ongoing effects of the harm suffered in childhood.

We act for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, across the country, but are at an advantage for those living in or around Chesham, as we are based in Chesham and thus have local knowledge, which can be extremely helpful in pursuing a successful child abuse compensation claim.

Not only are we based locally, in Chesham, but our specialist Solicitor Partner, Malcolm Underhill, who leads the Child Abuse team, has worked for IBB Claims over 15 years. Child abuse compensation claims are often complex and thus a combination of Malcolm’s experience, knowledge and location are a considerable advantage to those in or around Chesham who wish to pursue a child abuse compensation claim.

One of Malcolm’s clients described him as “professional, knowledgeable and sensitive to my needs”

Where do we specialise?

As we are based in Chesham we are at a unique advantage when acting for survivors of abuse and the parents of children who have been sexually abused in Chesham, sexually abused in Amersham, sexually abused in Little Missenden, sexually abused in Bovingdon, sexually abused in Bourne End, sexually abused in Chipperfield, sexually abused in Botley, sexually abused in Aylesbury, sexually abused in Chartridge, sexually abused in Wendover, sexually abused in Great Missenden, sexually abused in High Wycombe, sexually abused in Beaconsfield, sexually abused in Hazlemere, sexually abused in Prestwood, sexually abused in Chorleywood, sexually abused in Rickmansworth, sexually abused in Maple Cross or sexually abused in Sarratt.

Contact our Chesham child abuse lawyers today

Contact our no win, no fee Chesham child-abuse solicitors now, for advice on how to make a compensation claim for childhood sexual assault, or to discuss the options and possibilities that are available, without any obligation. Call us today on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or fill in our online form.

When you contact us we will not ask you for the details of what happened. We can provide our initial advice with just a small amount of information from you. If you wish to proceed, we will discuss next steps, but not ask for you details of the abuse until you have the confidence to do so.

Sexual Abuse in Chesham

In 2018 Mark Bacon, 49, of Fullers Close, Chesham, pleaded guilty to a number of offences relating to sexual activity with a child, which took place between 2009 and 2012 in High Wycombe. He was sentenced at Amersham Crown Court to a term of six years in jail. The investigating police officer recognised the courage of the survivor of the abuse and further said that, “the sentence imposed reflects the serious nature of these crimes, and I would encourage anybody who has been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it to the police”.

In 2019, Jamie Luke Roberts, age 26, of Cresswell Road, Chesham, was convicted of rape and possession of indecent photographs of a child, the consequence of which he was handed down a prison sentence of 18 years. Those offences took place between October 2017 and July 2018. Thankfully, he did not put his victim through the torture of having to face him in court and give evidence about the sexual abuse, as Roberts pleaded guilty to the offences at the Aylesbury Crown Court in December 2018.

As the investigating police officer said, after sentencing, Roberts will “now spend a significant amount of time in prison”.

This conviction came about because of the bravery of the child and the hard work carried out by the police child abuse investigation unit. Child abuse investigation units around the country do fantastic work in bringing paedophiles and others who commit sexual offences, to justice. As this same officer said, “we will listen, there is support and help available and, wherever possible, offenders will be prosecuted”.

Support from Police and Specialist Child Abuse Compensation Solicitor

Around the country there are dedicated police child abuse investigation units. Their job is to investigate allegations of sexual abuse and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The role of the investigation units has expanded over the last few years so that now, particularly in the case of children, they and their parents are referred to support services. However, those statutory and voluntary services are in considerable demand and thus not only is there sometimes delay in accessing good quality treatment, but that treatment may be time limited, due to funding.

Accessing good quality therapy, counselling or psychiatric services can be the key to ensuring that the harm does not continue to have such a devastating effect upon the survivor of the abuse. However, with support from the NHS and voluntary services limited, it is often very helpful to pursue a child abuse compensation claim, as part of the compensation may include the cost of treatment on a private basis.

Not only will the survivor have the money to obtain access to counselling, therapy or other services from specialist providers, but it means that they can choose a specialist of their own choice, arrange to see that specialist as and when is convenient to them and know that such services are not time-limited and can continue for so long as funds are available to access that treatment. Importantly, even on the completion of treatment, there may well be a risk of the survivor having future breakdowns of a short duration. In those circumstances, it will be relatively easy to arrange further appointments with a specialist, rather than having to re-enter the NHS system, by getting a referral from a GP, which may ultimately delay meeting with a specialist counsellor or therapist for some months.

When should I make a claim for Child Abuse Compensation in Chesham?

We understand how difficult it can be to talk about abuse and particularly to consider talking to a stranger about terrible things happened in childhood.

We also understand how potentially tempting it can be, for parents, once the abuse has been disclosed and the police investigate the matter, to say no more about it, knowing the child is safe, and hoping that life will get back to normal.

However, our experience is that whilst on the face of it, life can return to normal, there is a risk, a significant risk, that the child will continue to experience symptoms of the terrible experiences they have been subjected to and that whilst they may not talk about what happened, the reality is that those events continue to play on their mind and impact upon their behaviour, both with family members and their peers.

It is easy to avoid discussion about abuse but to avoid the risk of childhood abuse having life long consequences for the child, impacting upon their education, examination success, higher education, work, relationships, issues of trust, authority and intimate relations, it is, in our experience, worthwhile in addressing those issues and gaining access to good quality counselling and therapy services, so that the child is able to have professional support on an ongoing basis for as long as necessary.

With the right support and over a sufficient period of time there are real prospects that whilst the child will never forget what happened to them, they will not have to carry around the memories of what happened for the rest of their life. They will be able to live normal lives, succeed at school and in work and develop good quality relationships.

Therefore, as support from the statutory and voluntary services, if offered at all, is likely to be limited, there could be considerable benefit in pursuing a child abuse compensation claim, not just to obtain money for the sake of it, but to obtain money to gain access to private health services and to have the knowledge that your child has the best chance of overcoming the consequences of what happened to them.

What our Clients have said about what we do

IBB Claims Solicitors have acted for many adults and children across the country, who have been sexually abused in childhood. We do not reveal their identity but are grateful for many of them who have expressed their gratitude for our support in enabling them to obtain justice. We listen to our clients and fight for them. This is what some of our clients have had to say.

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“My experience with IBB solicitors was fantastic, my case was a very sensitive one dating back to my childhood but was dealt with in a way that I could only have wished for”.

“Precise information to me on time and at all times. Really felt they were getting the best result for me”.

“Malcolm Underhill-professional, knowledgeable, and sensitive to my needs during this distressing case. A joy to work with.”

“My experience with IBB Solicitors was excellent from the first phone call right until the end. They don’t give up. They fight all the way to get you justice. Malcolm Underhill took my case and ran with it…”

"We will be forever grateful for your kind and sensitive handling of (the) case and I will, of course, have no hesitation in recommending you and IBB to any other unfortunate individual
should we come across them."

“I would recommend IBB Solicitors as they were very clear from the beginning as to the process, timescale and commitment required to obtain a positive outcome. They were also instrumental in providing the platform for me to work through the experiences I had been through by putting me in touch with the right professional persons”

(Malcolm Underhill) “always very considerate, supportive and encouraging from the outset and always had a positive opinion that I could work through this and come out with a more positive mind frame. I truly believe Malcolm had as much interest in my personal well-being as he did in obtaining the compensation fee. Without Malcolm’s consistent support and guidance to me and my parents, I am sure I would not be in the positive position I find myself in today”.

“My experience with IBB solicitors was fantastic, my case was a very sensitive one dating back to my childhood but was dealt with in a way that I could only have wished for”.

IBB solicitors are recommended because of providing “concise and precise information to me on time and at all times. Really felt they were getting the best result for me”.

(Malcolm Underhill) - “professional, knowledgeable and sensitive to my needs during this distressing case. A joy to work with”.

Contact our child abuse lawyers today

Whether you live in Chesham, Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Bourne End, Sarratt, Bovingdon, Botley, Chartridge, High Wycombe, Hazlemere, Great Missenden Rickmansworth, Wendover and beyond, contact our no win, no fee child-abuse compensation solicitors now, for advice on how to make a compensation claim for childhood sexual assault, or to explore the options and possibilities that are available, without any obligation. Call us today on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or fill in our online form.

We understand how difficult it can be to talk about these things and you may not know where to start. Therefore, please be assured that when you contact us we will not ask you for details of what happened: that is not necessary. The details of what happened are less important than understanding the consequences upon you or your child, and when these events took place.