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Barnardo’s announces coming campaign to change compensation guidelines for sexually abused children, 03/08/2017 [W/E/S/NI]

Barnardo’s is part of a group of charities, (also including Victim Support, Liberty, Rape Crisis and the National Working Group) that have written to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington, calling for an urgent review of the rules that govern criminal injury compensation.

Under the current guidelines of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), child victims of abuse, some as young as 12, have been told that they are ineligible for compensation because they complied with their abuse.

A Freedom Of Information request by the charities showed that since November 2012, nearly 700 victims had been refused payments.

The group is calling for the rules to be changed so that no child who has been abused can be denied compensation on the grounds that they ‘consented’ to their abuse.

To read more about Barnardo’s campaign, please visit their website, here.