The CICA Scheme requires all claims to be submitted within 2 years of an incident. However, there are a number of exceptions that CICA have created, outlined below.
Child abuse is a crime that can cause extreme damage to children, which is why we fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. Almost half a million children suffer abuse each year. There are different types of child abuse, which you can read about here.
If you were under the age of 18 when the incident/abuse happened, you have two years from your 18th birthday to make a claim with CICA. This does not mean that you have to wait until you are 18 to make a claim, however. The sooner you make the claim, the better.
The 2-year time limit does not count for historic sexual abuse and rape claims. For example, if you have not reported a crime previously, and do so years later, the 2-year deadline will begin from when you report the crime to the police.
It’s hard to report a crime, especially when it happened so long ago. It’s important to understand that you are not alone, and you are not at fault. If you’re not sure where to begin, contact a member of our team. We’re more than happy to offer you advice.
Understandably, psychological damage from abuse can be traumatic. Sometimes, this may prevent you from bringing a claim forward. If you have been seeing a psychologist regularly then you may be awarded compensation by CICA, who will need to see your medical evidence or a report made by your psychologist.
If you cannot afford therapy, make sure you talk to your GP, who will be able to put you in contact with NHS therapy teams.