Duncroft Approved School, Surrey – Jimmy Savile abuse allegations

It is alleged that Sir Jimmy Savile who died in October last year aged 84 was a frequent visitor to uncroft pproved School in Surrey. here have been allegations made against him by several women and former pupils of the school that he had sexually abused and indecently assaulted them. It has emerged that in 2007 Surrey Police were investigating a complaint from a woman claiming she was indecently assaulted by Savile at the uncroft School during the 1970s. She was aged approximately 14 or 15 at the time. espite the investigation, no further action was taken. Several other women who had been pupils at the school in the 1970s were apparently also prepared to say that they too had been abused by Savile. He often visited the school and would give the girls cigarettes or records, or take them to sit in the audience at his lunk lick V show. In return for this he would expect 'sexual favours'. One former pupil alleges an indecent assault by Jimmy Savile at the school. She screamed and complained after the incident allegedly took place resulting in her being sent to the school’s isolation. Others make allegations amounting to that of sexual assaults. Sussex Police have now confirmed that a complaint of sexual assault against Savile was made by a 59-year-old woman in 2008. he complaint was subsequently dropped because she was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation". he attack allegedly took place in Worthing in 1970. he uncroft pproved School was based in an old manor house down Moor Lane. It was originally under Home Office control as a school 'for intelligent, emotionally disturbed' girls, until it came under local authority control. he school owed these vulnerable girls a duty of care. hey were placed in predicaments whereby they could be systematically abused and can deservedly seek the justice that they are owed.

We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. claim for compensation is still possible regardless of whether the alleged abuser is alive or not. he law surrounding this situation is complex and Verisona’s historic abuse team have the requisite specialist knowledge to be able to deal with any potential claims. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse at any time whilst at the school or at any other institution please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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.

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

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