For the majority of us, Christmas is a joyful time of year but this is not always the case. Encouraging a child to open up about negative experiences can be difficult, even more so during the festive season. The NSPCC’s current campaign raises awareness over this serious issue, and offers platforms for when children finally
Before the revelations of institutional abuse in more recent years, abuse was often only ever associated with the female gender. However, it has been found that 1 in 6 men have been targets of rape or sexual abuse. Child abuse solicitor and president of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, Peter Garsden, explains some of
Over the last 23 years of acting for the child abuse victims, which is an emotional subject by definition, I have seen the pendulum swing in their favour and beyond, then against them at least twice. Whilst it is important to hear both sides of the argument, it is also essential to protect the rights
Leading child abuse solicitor Peter Garsden has welcomed the personal apology given by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby , to a survivor of church abuse who wrote 17 letters seeking help and redress but who didn’t receive a response. The Guardian newspaper reports that three bishops have also urged the Church of England’s insurance company
Child Abuse Solicitor Peter Garsden of national law firm Simpson Millar has secured £500,000 in compensation for his client, a 61 year old female who as a child endured many years of sexual and physical abuse. The case was heard against convicted child abuser Jeffrey Lake at Burnley Crown Court on 7th September 2017. The
County Durham based paedophile, Paul Leighton, has been arrested and jailed for 16 years for child sex abuse charges. He had never met his abuse victims. This particular case demonstrates the need of the evolution of understanding in the law for online child sex abuse. Lead Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, explains the case and provides
According to law, the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. Despite this, 700 cases of child sex abuse brought to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have been denied compensation as they are said to have ‘given consent’ to the sexual activities. Specialist Child Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, investigates the legal loophole
Of the 13 strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), the English Benedictine Congregation and other Roman Catholic religious orders make up a single strand. It was revealed in April 2017 that Ampleforth College, in Yorkshire, would provide a case study for investigations into other institutions, but what happened at the college?
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse is currently investigating the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children. The inquiry is carrying out 13 separate investigations into historical abuse within various institutions. One of these investigations includes looking into the Child Migrant Programme that took place between 1920 and 1978. This involved the
As brave abuse survivors continue to come forward following the conviction of Robin Carter, Peter Garsden – Child Abuse Solicitor – calls for witnesses to provide information. In April 2017, Robin Carter of Westmeston, now in his 70s, was convicted of 10 counts of indecent assault against boys aged between 10 and 12 years old.