How are damages for abuse calculated?

Every case is different and various factors are taken into account when awarding compensation. These include:-

  • Physical or psychological harm;
  • Loss of earnings;
  • Loss of career opportunities, for example because you missed school or work;
  • Money you have paid for medical treatment, therapy or care received from professionals, family or friends;
  • Travel expenses;

Evidence from independent experts such as doctors, psychiatrists, educational psychologists or employment experts may well be called for to support your claim.

Courts will also take into account the severity of the abuse, how long it went on for, and the impact it has had on your life.

Awards typically vary from £5,000 to £80,000, but many people who have been abused tell us that bringing a case is more about achieving closure than about the money.

Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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