One of the country’s worst cases of systemic child abuse took place at various children’s homes under Lambeth Council from the 1950s until 1983. Lambeth Council admitted it had failed to protect the children under their care and set up the ‘Redress scheme’. This scheme helps survivors to claim compensation for what happened to them.
Some of the survivors instructed our specialist abuse lawyers to submit their cases under the Redress Scheme to help them overcome their trauma as best they can.
One of the male survivors we worked with lived under the care of Lambeth Council for years. He was sexually abused over a four year period while at the Shirley Oaks in the 1970s.
After leaving school he joined the military and had a successful career which helped him manage his trauma, giving him structure and purpose to his life.
Unfortunately, after many years of service, he was medically discharged. He struggled without a routine and sadly died several years ago.
After contacting Irwin Mitchell, we got the man’s family a settlement of £125,000 to cope with their loss.
“Seeing him suffer because of everything that happened was heartbreaking. He was a decent man that was damaged beyond repair due to what happened to him as a child. We all remain devastated that he is no longer here and if he was he could now receive the care he needed to try and come to terms with what happened.”– Client
“It’s vital that survivors of abuse don’t suffer in silence. We hope survivors will be comforted by the knowledge that the local authority will treat their complaints with the utmost sensitivity and seriousness.” – Peter Lorence, Associate Solicitor
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