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Shirley Oaks Compensation Pledge

Posted on: December 16, 2016

The victims of one of London’s worst child sex abuse scandals are set to receive compensation. Lambeth Council have said that hundreds of people who grew up in their care will be able to make a fast-track claim.

The agreement from Lambeth Council comes after an investigation by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA), which represents victims of child abuse at a children’s home that closed in 1983.

In an apology to the victims, Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck said “The council accepts that there were historic failings in a system set up to protect vulnerable children, and Lambeth Council has previously publicly apologised to those who were so badly let down in the past … Lambeth Council is preparing a new, far reaching redress scheme for survivors of historical abuse in the borough .. It will allow them to secure compensation quickly whilst minimising legal fees. The proposed scheme is expected to potentially pay out tens of millions of pounds to survivors of abuse at Shirley Oaks Children’s Home prior to its closure in 1983, and other children’s homes in the borough”.

Councillor Peck confirmed that compensation would be made available to all children who passed through Shirley Oaks, which was located on Wickham Road in Croydon, and other homes, as they had all been put under risk.

According to SOSA, 7000 children passed through Shirley Oaks – a site approximately 70 acres in size, compete with a school, swimming pool, and a doctor’s surgery – one of several homes run by Lambeth Council until the 1990s.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are specialist solicitors acting for victims of childhood abuse and maltreatment. If you wish to speak to a solicitor in confidence then please contact us.