The Government has called for an investigation in to the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘The Goddard Inquiry’) will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children in care, both past and present, from sexual abuse in England and Wales.
Victims and survivors are to be given an opportunity to share their experiences of historic abuse suffered. The Inquiry will listen to these accounts and will make use of them to ensure practical recommendations are made to protect children and vulnerable individuals in the future.
The Inquiry has set out details of 12 areas of investigation. The Inquiry has outlined that they plan to investigate the failings to protect individuals that have been in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.
The Inquiry will also look into the way in which individuals are compensated for the damage that they have suffered due to the historic abuse. It is anticipated that the Inquiry will bring about substantial changes to enable survivors of abuse to recover compensations for the difficulties they have faced in the past and due to the failings of social services to protect them.
At Bhatia Best Ltd we have a specialist team set up to advise and assist you through the Inquiry process and to pursue potential claims for compensation at the conclusion of the Inquiry.
We act for a number of individuals who have been victims of abuse whilst in local authority and/or residential care. We are in discussions with the Inquiry to secure funding to represent these individuals in the course of the Inquiry process.
If you have suffered sexual abuse whilst in care and would like advice about the Inquiry, how to participate, having a voice, and representation throughout the Inquiry process then contact us in confidence to arrange a free initial appointment on (0115) 950 3231 or by clicking here.