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Posted 18 July 2017

The law on child sexual exploitation and compensation for criminal injuries

According to the Daily Mail, victims of child sexual exploitation are being denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The CICA is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and is designed to compensate victims of violent crimes which can include sexual offences.  In the reported case attached, the children are victims of child sexual exploitation.  Child sexual exploitation is a hidden crime. Children often trust their abuser and do not understand that they are being abused. They may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what’s happening.  It is an unacceptable position that the CICA denies children compensation on the basis that they have consented to their abuse.  No child can consent to sexual abuse – ever.

Barnardo’s and Victim Support have written to the Justice Secretary for an urgent review of the CICA’s guidelines.  The review should take account not only of Sections 47 to 51 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which deals with the sexual exploitation of children but also the relatively new offence of ‘Sexual Communication with a Child’ (involving both online and offline communications) which was designed to cover a gap in existing legislation to ensure children are protected. This new legislation was introduced on 3 April 2017 and enacted under Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

At Tozers Solicitors LLP we specialise in abuse claims and we have significant experience in obtaining compensation for the victims of abuse. We act for clients both in the South West and nationally.  Should you or a family member wish to discuss a potential claim, please call our specialist team for a free and confidential consultation on: 01392 207020 or email:


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