Child sex abuse 'could be increasing'

The BBC interviewed today a young woman who was the victim of sexual abuse. Her interview and comments by Jon Brown of the child protection service, the NSPCC, and Peter Davies, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre can be found HERE.

The NSPCC have reported that both the number of sexual abuse cases and the number of calls made in relation to sexual abuse is on the increase.  Sadly, the number of serious sexual abuse has increased.

This has further been reported by the Warrington Guardian and also the Swindon Advertiser.

This proves that there is and needs to be a strong social awareness in relation to sexual abuse.

The NSPCC has further information and guidance on how to report child abuse - NSPCC Helpline.

If you were a victim of child abuse then you may have rise to a civil claim against your abuser.  Please contact us in confidence if you wish to discuss this further.

Charles Derham - crd@verisona.com

Alan Collins - alc@verisona.com

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Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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