An institution is something that exists outside of the family home and is typically governed and controlled by a stranger to the family or an organisation. Examples of institutions where abuse has been reported include (but are not limited to):-
- Care Homes
- Churches and other Religious Establishments
- Sports Buildings
- Swimming Pools
- Holiday Buildings
- Club/Leisure Premises eg. Scout Huts, School Halls
The abuser is occasionally employed by the organisation. If this is the case, the organisation will be held liable for any abuse committed because the law states that an employer is liable for what the employee does.
Even if the abuser is a volunteer, priest, or someone with whom the connection is not clearly employer/employee, the organisation is usually accountable for any abuse.
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Organizations frequently have complaints procedures, which make it easy to report abuse to the appropriate person. We frequently request any existing records and notes that may record what happened at the time.
We also need to see any contemporaneous records, such as Day Books, Registers, Health Records, Personal Files, Personnel Records, and so on. One of our responsibilities is to apply to various organisations for historical records that may have existed in the past.
On the basis of privacy, Data Protection law is occasionally invoked to prevent the identify of witnesses from being revealed. While sensible, this method can obstruct our access to critical evidence. Durham County Council v Dunne (2014),a groundbreaking case brought to the Court of Appeal by this business, making it easier to acquire access to this type of information.
It is critical to understand who was in charge of the institution in the past. The legal identity of the organisation has frequently changed over the years. In the case of religious institutions, liability is frequently difficult and possibly defined by Canon Law. We frequently need to research the position before determining the proper Response to any lawsuit.
No matter how long ago the abuse occurred, it is always vital to disclose it to the police. We can assist you with this procedure. Each police agency today has officers who are well-trained and extremely adept in dealing with claims of abuse. For more information, visit our article about taking your abuser to Court.
Institutional Abuse can occur in the following locations:-
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The Scott-Moncrieff Specialist Abuse Litigation Team can provide confidential and competent guidance on the merits and potential dangers of filing a compensation claim.