The Boys’ Brigade is a Christian youth organisation for children and young people aged between five and 18 years old in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Although the organisation was originally created for boys, some groups allow girls to attend.

Sadly, like its counterpart, the Scout Association, people who wish to sexually abuse children have in the past volunteered at the Boys’ Brigade in order to access children. A number of its volunteer leaders have been convicted of sexual offences against young members of the Boys’ Brigade.

If you, or a loved one, have been sexually abused by a leader, volunteer or other official of the Boys’ Brigade, you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering. Get in touch with our experts to discuss your matter, call us on 0203 9252 301 or complete an online enquiry form.

The Boys’ Brigade

Founded in 1883, the Boys’ Brigade was the organisation from which the Scouts Association developed. The “Boys’ Brigade Scouts” were formed in 1906, a year before Robert Baden-Powell, the then vice-president of the Boys’ Brigade, founded the separate boy scout movement.

The Boys’ Brigade currently engages with over 50,000 children and young people providing opportunities to meet together in their communities and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities. They say “We believe that empowering children and young people is important and do this by involving them in decision making at all levels of the Boys’ Brigade and giving responsibility appropriate to their age and aptitude.”

The Boys’ Brigade is dependant on over 13,000 volunteer leaders, most of which will have never had any bad intentions. It’s the small few which have taken advantage of their position as a trusted adult dealing with children of all ages which has stained their reputation. We’ve heard a mass of different cases from many victims, worryingly there’s still thought to be many more victims yet to come forward.

Historic sexual abuse compensation

It’s likely that a claim for compensation made against the Boys’ Brigade for abuse suffered as a child, however long ago it may have been, would be successful. Even if the abuse didn’t take place on premises where the Boys’ Brigade operated from or during a meeting of a group, we can help you. Provided the victim and the abuser came into first contact through the Boys’ Brigade it is possible to pursue a claim against the organisation.

A claim for compensation can be made against the abuser alone, although it’s often the case that the abuser will not have sufficient funds to support a compensation claim. If this is the case we can instead pursue the Boys’ Brigade for the compensation. The claim would be made on a vicarious liability basis, meaning the organisation will be liable to pay compensation for the abusive acts of an employee or volunteer.

Alternatively, or in addition to a vicarious liability claim, it may be possible to make a claim on the basis the Scouts was negligent. Whether this be in its processes and recruitment checks, or in its duty to protect the children in its care.

No win no fee solicitors

All of our claims against the Boys’ Brigade are made on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us a penny, giving you one less thing to worry about. We only get paid when a claim is successful, and we get paid by the defendants, not you.

If you or a loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of an employee or volunteer of the Boys’ Brigade, we can help you. Get in touch with our experienced team on 0203 9252 301 or complete an online enquiry form.

David Durkin-Finch


David has been part of the Cleversons team from the start. He's assisted hundreds of clients and takes great pride in all his work.

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