The Scout Movement has, since its beginnings in 1907, long been an institution where young people have been encouraged to learn new skills and participate in activities which help prepare them with skills for life. Unfortunately, however some Scout leaders have used their position to abuse the young people in their care.
A recent study found that more than 250 people in the UK and Ireland have been convicted of abuse against children whilst they were Scout leaders since the 1950’s. The amount of perpetrators who have so far escaped justice is likely to be far higher.
How do I claim?
Where the abuse was perpetrated by a Scout Leader or someone connected with the Scouts with a position of responsibility, then it may be possible to establish the Scouts are “vicariously liable” for the acts of the person who committed the abuse. Where they abuse was committed by another young person who was a member of the Scouts it Is sometimes possible to establish that the Scouts were negligent in failing to prevent the abuse.
How can we help you?
We have extensive experience in bringing claims against the Scouts and other Youth organisations such as the YMCA. If you have been affected by this and would like further information about how to bring a claim against the Scouts for abuse you may have suffered, please do not hesitate to get in touch in complete confidence.