Verisona Law represent some of those involved in the Wales Abuse Enquiry - Truth Project

Victims of historical sexual abuse have been urged to come forward and give evidence to an independent inquiry after it opened an office in Wales.

Prof Alexis Jay, the fourth chairwoman of the troubled probe, attended the launch event in Cardiff.

Its "truth project" is being rolled out in Wales, where victims and survivors of abuse can share their experiences.

One alleged victim of childhood abuse who Charles Derham of Verisona Law represent and who is due to give evidence to the truth project next month, told BBC Wales he hopes engaging with the inquiry will help him find "a bit of peace".

"There's been a lot of controversy with the project and I have had the element of doubt, until I had an email last week saying we'd like to interview you," he said.

"So from my point of view, I'm running with it, I'm going to give my evidence, my story, and I'm hopeful… that's all I can be, really."

The man says he was abused by a youth worker in the late 1970s while attending a summer camp in Porthcawl.

Although the allegations - echoed by two other men also represented by Verisona Law - were investigated by South Wales Police, the investigation stalled due to the poor health of the accused, now aged in his 80s.

The three men are now pursuing a civil claim for damages against Cardiff Council, who they claim employed the youth worker at the time.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said the authority was "unable to comment on specific cases whilst matters are ongoing".

NSPCC Cymru said the launch of the Wales office is an "important step" in reaching Welsh survivors of abuse.

Verisona Law have specific expertise in dealing with claims in respect of child abuse. We have successfully settled a number of claims against Cardiff Council including a substantial group action in respect of allegations mad by pupils who attended Cyntwell High School.

 If you were 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.


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

Schools

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

Charities

  • 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.

Perpetrators

  • 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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