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Claims for sexual abuse including childhood historic abuse

A compensation claim for sexual abuse may be made against the CICA, this can include claims for historical abuse occurring decades before. However there are some very important conditions:

  • Claims must be made within 2 years of first reporting the matter to the police.
  • There are some exceptions for example in cases involving children claiming whilst aged under 18, the 2 year period will be deemed to expire when they reach their 20th birthday. People who are not capable or have a genuine psychological illness which prevented claiming within the deadline might also receive some leeway on the time limit condition.
  • The victim must cooperate fully with the police during any investigation.
  • If the victim has a criminal record this could affect the amount of compensation awarded.
Looking for help? We can't turn back the clock but we can help you move forward. Call 0330 300 5000 if you need our help making a claim.

Often the hardest step for a victim in this situation is to approach the police to discuss the matter.

The police have very effective and sympathetic procedures nowadays to allow victims to unburden themselves without feeling pressured.

There is no getting away from the fact that the legal process can be very difficult for many but it can also help to heal very deep wounds.

What help is available for ..?

Childline –

The Childline service is dedicated to minors under the age of 18. The website is very user friendly and has a number of ways for people to access support and guidance.


NAPAC stands for the National Association of People Abused in Childhood. The service focuses on childhood or historical abuse and has helped tens of thousands of people begin what it describes as the journey of recovery. This advice line will also help with matters involving child rape or non consensual sex.

Breathing Space –

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.