Claims against schools
Whilst the majority of schools provide our children with the safe haven we expect, sadly not all education establishments have lived up to this expectation. Sam has been specialising in claims against both schools in the private sector and those in the state education system for over 20 years. We have represented countless claimants, both children and adults in recent and historic cases involving teachers.
Before qualifying as a solicitor, Sam trained as a primary school teacher and has first-hand experience of the education process and the way in which schools operate, including safeguarding procedures. This has given her a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of teachers and their role in safeguarding pupils.
Robsonshaw have gained justice against numerous convicted perpetrators, including primary school teacher Nigel Leat in Weston Super Mare; Simon Parsons, former head of drama at Castle School in Thornbury; Anthony Leake, a former supply teacher in Fleetwood, Lancashire; Michael Wilde former chemistry teacher at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes whose victims continue to come forward; Glyn Jones, former PE teacher convicted at Norwich Crown Court having taught in two schools in Norfolk; Robert Appleby former secondary teacher at Herne Bay High School; Richard Bobb, former head of music at William Penn School in Dulwich; Emma Webb, former teaching assistant at a Wokingham borough school; Jonathan Thomson-Glover, former teacher at Clifton College in Bristol. Sam has also won a 6 figure award for a former pupil at Denstone College and represented university students targeted for sexual abuse and harassment by their university lecturer.
Sam is a supporter of mandatory reporting and believes this could improve safeguarding and protection of children within our education establishments. She feels that allowing institutions to set their own safeguarding culture can lead to uneven practice and a tick box mentality. Mandatory reporting law is a legislative duty to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has already examined this topic and considered whether this duty should be imposed on members of particular occupations who deal with children in the course of their work. England does not have legislative mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse. From Sam’s wide experience of claims against schools, she feels strongly that if mandatory reporting existed, numerous children could have avoided serious sexual abuse as their perpetrator would have been stopped sooner, preventing years of suffering for some children.
Sam has an empathetic nature and as a mother of three sons, she appreciates first-hand the difficulties that children may encounter in coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse.
At Robsonshaw, you can be confident that your claim against a school will be dealt with by an experienced solicitor who will ensure you gain the compensation you deserve and be reassured that we will support you through the claims process and help you move on from this traumatic experience. We offer no win no fee arrangements and can be contacted on a 24/7 basis about your potential claim against a school or education establishment.
If you or a family member would like to speak to us on a free, no obligation confidential basis about your sexual abuse compensation claim against a school or teacher, please contact either Sam or Robert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
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