Child Abuse in the Scouts

Child Abuse in the Scouts

The Scout Association encourage young people to do more, learn more and, most important, prepare young people with skills for life. The Scout Association play a vital role in developing our young people. In playing such a role the Scout Association relies upon the support of many volunteers across the country, who pass on their knowledge and skills to prepare children for adulthood.

Thousands of children have benefited from the work of the Scout Association for decades. However, the Scouts also attracts adults who are not interested in preparing children for adult life, but focused on their own sexual gratification, exploiting children with a complete disregard for the well-being of the child.

Despite an improvement in safeguarding procedures over the last 20 years paedophiles still manage to evade detection in the Scout Association, causing, potentially, lifelong harm to those they sexually abuse. Fortunately, as children are now encouraged to come forward and speak out if they have been harmed or feel that an adult is behaving inappropriately, action can be taken to provide long-term support for that child, to ensure that their entire lives are not blighted by the sexual assaults they suffered in childhood.

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Scout Abuse Compensation Claims

We offer a free initial consultation for all scout abuse compensation claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and provide an assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth pursuing.

Where we believe your claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement. This means there is no upfront cost to start a scout abuse compensation claim with IBB.  

To start a scout abuse compensation claim, call us today on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, you can email us at or use the contact form on the right to request a call back, to ask questions and to obtain more information.

IBB’s experience in acting for children, and adults, who were abused in childhood, has shown us that without support victims of abuse can suffer lifelong consequences, perhaps turning to alcohol, drugs and a criminal life. Even if not drawn into criminal activity, their lives can be blighted by distrust of authority and adults generally, thus impacting upon their social and family relationships, as well as performance at work. Therefore, it is important for parents to take action to obtain support wherever possible, to enable their son or daughter to overcome the consequences of the abuse they have suffered.

In respect of the consequences of abuse, it is important to appreciate that even if a child does not talk about what happened to them, after initial disclosure (to parents, police or others), it does not mean that all is well. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are not obvious.

Counselling Support

Although there has been a significant increase in funds provided by the Government, to support those with mental health problems, including those who have been sexually abused in childhood, the money available still does not go far enough to provide anywhere near the support that is necessary to give a child the best chance of having a full and happy life.

Although there are some good examples of counselling continuing for anything up to a year, it is far more common for counselling and therapy sessions (funded by the NHS) to be limited to a dozen or so visits. Some counselling and therapies are provided by the voluntary/charity sector but they too are limited in what they can provide.

Scout Abuse Compensation Claims

If a child has been abused by a Scout leader or other adult volunteering for the Scout Association, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation, in respect of the harm caused by the childhood sexual abuse.     No amount of money can make up for the harm caused to the child and their family, but the compensation can go some way to help and specifically include the cost of private mental health treatment, whether by counselling, therapy or psychotherapy, on a long-term basis to enable the child to understand what has happened and how they can take steps so that it does not blight their adult lives.

We have experience of seeing how, with good support, a child can achieve well at school and fulfil their potential at all academic levels, including university. It is equally important that childhood sexual abuse does not impact upon their adult relationships and again, with good support from a psychotherapist, or other mental health professional, the child can grow into a confident adult, trusting others and enjoying fulfilling relationships.

IBB Law have supported children (and adults abused in childhood) for many years. Our expertise has been independently recognised by a number of organisations, including the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

If your child has been abused while in the Scout Association or you are an adult who was abused in childhood, when a member of the Scout Association, our solicitors could help you.

If you are a victim of abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual, and would like advice on how to make a claim for Scout abuse compensation, contact us in confidence today on 0333 123 9099, or through our online contact form.

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case. You will not need to provide any specific details of the abuse, and are under no obligation to discuss any painful events. Our experienced child abuse lawyers will ensure that you feel safe and will deal with your enquiry with compassion, sensitivity and in confidence.

What Others Say About Us

Our team has been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our skill in handling personal injury claims.

Chambers describes Malcolm Underhill as being a highly experienced personal injury practitioner.     

A client notes: "He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family….."

Others have said:-

“Because nothing is ever too much trouble, if who you want to speak to is not there, they will always be in touch as soon as they can. They don’t cut corners.”

Malcolm Underhill “he has been very supportive to me, especially as the nature of the case was very difficult for me, but he’s been with me all the way, and always in contact. 100%”

At probably the hardest time in my life, Malcolm made this time a lot more bearable, he kept me informed throughout the whole process and made me feel reassured throughout.”

I would highly recommend IBB Law, their service and understanding is something rare this day and age.”

Upon first contact I felt at ease and comfortable with explaining my case to them. From day one to the end they have been there all the way, helping me, answering any questions I had, everything was done with respect and a friendly aspect….”

Always keeping me fully informed, advising me in the best way forward, very approachable and always at hand.”

Malcolm Underhill is someone who has been there all the way. I would like to thank him for the 4 years, very polite, honest and kind in the way he was with me in a difficult case.”

Convicted Scout Leaders

Anthony Allen was jailed for 11 years in 2018, in respect of 12 sexual offences involving minors, as well as making and possessing images of children. He had prayed on children at the 25th Newham East Scout Group, where he was a scout leader. His criminal behaviour had gone on between 2013-2017, undetected. The investigation into his activities was triggered when one of the victims, realising that his younger brother was due to move up from Cubs to the abuser’s scout group, and would also be at risk, told his mother that he had to get him out of Scouts, in a bid to protect him. As a consequence of this child’s disclosure other children came forward, resulting in charges against Mr Allen.

Philip Levi pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of indecency with a child between 1972 and 1985 and was sentenced to a total of 11 years and three months in jail. Philip Levi showed his victims pornographic films and made them perform sexual acts on him.

His victims had believed they could trust the retired chartered accountant, who led a Scout troop in West London.

Other paedophiles working for the Scouts have been jailed in recent years, although not all of them were convicted in relation to abuse carried out within the Scout movement. However, it is concerning that such individuals were able to obtain access to children, working in close proximity, under the shield of the Scout Association umbrella

How we handle Scout Abuse Compensation Claims

We appreciate that many people are put off by the idea of dealing with long, expensive and potentially stressful court proceedings as part of the claims process. However, in the majority of cases this is unnecessary, as we can usually resolve most scout abuse compensation claims out of court.

Our lawyers have strong skills in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, meaning we can generally handle even the most complex and contentious claims without the need for court proceedings or ever having to go to court. Even where court proceedings have been initiated, we can still usually achieve a fair outcome with a pre-trial settlement, avoiding a court hearing.

However, we have experience with pursuing scout abuse compensation claims, so whatever approach is needed, we can provide the expertise and skilled representation you need to get the best available result.

Furthermore, and most importantly, to protect the survivor of abuse, their identity can be protected. They are not named in court proceedings.

Our no win no fee Scout Abuse Compensation Claims service

We work with most of our scout abuse compensation clients under conditional fee agreements, often commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements. This means that there is usually no upfront cost to start a claim and you will only need to contribute to our fees if we secure compensation for you.

Our team will provide a transparent breakdown of the likely fees and other expenses involved in making a scout abuse compensation claim at the outset, so you have a clear picture of the potential costs before deciding to go ahead with your claim. This will state how we calculate our fees, which is generally based on a percentage of some of the compensation we recover for you.

To find out more about the costs of a scout abuse compensation claim, please get in touch.

How much compensation can you claim for a scout abuse compensation claim?

The exact value of a scout abuse compensation claim will depend on the circumstances, including:

  • Nature of the abuse
  • Period of time the abuse took place
  • Impact on schooling, family and relationships
  • Treatment available and the outcome of such treatment
  • Potential impact on future career

There are two types of damages you can normally claim for a scout abuse compensation claim:

Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses caused by the abuse. This often includes private medical treatment costs

General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes. 

We will aim to provide an estimate of your claim’s likely value at the earliest opportunity, so you have all the information you need before deciding whether to move forward with your claim.

Time limits for Scout Abuse Compensation Claims

Time does not run against a child to make a Scout abuse compensation claim, until they reach 18 years of age, when they have a maximum of three years to commence legal action.

However, it is in the best interest of the child that their parents pursue a claim as soon as possible, after disclosure of the abuse. The reason for this is valuable evidence will not be lost but, more importantly, launching a compensation claim at the earliest possible time will mean there is potential to support the child through private counselling/therapy on a long-term basis, thereby limiting the potential long-term harm to your daughter or child.

Get in Touch

Get in touch with our expert Scout abuse compensation claims solicitors today

To arrange your free consultation on starting a scout abuse compensation claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099, email us at or request a call back.


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