Darren Swift - Telford man charged with 43 counts of historic sexual offences

Darren Swift took advantage of his trusted position to carry out a string of offences against youngsters over a 17-year period. The 50-year-old was working in Rotherham when he carried out the offences between 1980 and 1997. Yesterday he was found guilty of 26 counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of indecency and five further sexual offences. A further charge was discarded during his trial at Doncaster Crown Court. Swift, of Lawrence Road, has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced next year. The charges relate to four boys who were aged from eight to 14 at the time. Detective Constable Ian Hampshire, of South Yorkshire Police, who lead the investigation said: “Each victim was subjected to years of abuse by this man who was a trusted member of the local community. “He held several positions of trust for various community groups, where he met and effectively groomed these vulnerable young boys for sexual purposes. “I am pleased with the verdict reached and I pay tribute to the victims who had the courage to come forward and disclose their ordeal. “It is difficult to comprehend the strength it will have taken each victim to report this abuse to police years after it took place. “Because Swift continually denied his guilt, each victim was forced to relive their traumatic experience in front of a jury, which is further testament to their strength of character. “I hope that for the victims, this marks the conclusion of years of torment for them and their families. “The Force remains committed to tackling child sexual exploitation and take any reports of sexual abuse, historic or current, very seriously.” If you or a loved one have been subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence. Individuals may be able to pursue the school in respect of a civil claim for compensation.


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.

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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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