Manchester City have launched a Redress Scheme for victims of historical sexual abuse suffered while under the care of the club over a period of decades. The scheme, which is the first of its kind, paves way for compensation claims arising from footballs’ sexual abuse scandal.
Manchester City initiated a QC-led review in November 2016 following allegations of sexual abuse made against Barry Bennell, one of the clubs youth coaches. Manchester City have already spent around £2 million as part of the ongoing review into historic abuse.
The Redress Scheme stands to provide those individuals who were sexually abused with compensation. The scheme has adopted a 2-tier system looking into the range and nature of the offences, as well as the effects of the abuse on the victims.
Barry Bennell, described by the prosecution as an “industrial-scale child molester”, was convicted of 50 specimen charges of sexual abuse in relation to 12 different boys as of last year. This number is not limited however, and it is expected that hundreds of children may have suffered abuse throughout the ‘80s.
Mr. Bennell, who also coached at Crewe Alexandra in the North West of England, was described as "the devil incarnate" when he was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court last year. He is currently serving a 30 year sentence in relation to historic abuse offences committed between 1979 and 1991.
The Scheme is launched as a result of the club’s independent inquiry into Barry Bennell which has concluded that Bennell may not have been the first paedophile associated with the club. Accordingly, the scheme will also be available to victims of the late John Broome.
Broome, who died in 2010, was a junior Manchester City scout who exploited his position of trust to sexually abuse young children.
The Redress Scheme, the first of its kind, aims to offer a more effective, and expedite means of processing historic abuse compensation claims, outside of the courts.
If you, or a loved one, have been affected by sexual abuse and wish to pursue a claim under the Redress Scheme, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced, specialist lawyers who will be happy to talk with you about your options. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of historic abuse which has included acting on behalf of several former football players against Premier League football clubs.
Despite this scheme being the first of its kind in the footballing world, our lawyers have a broad understanding of submitting claims for compensation under various other Schemes. One of which is the Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme whereby our historic abuse team acts for over 230 claimants.
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