For many years, being a Scout, Cub or Beaver has allowed children to enjoy fun and educational activities. Some of the Scouts Association leaders have however taken advantage of their position to abuse members. The Scout Association’s current mission statement is to “actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society”.

Most children will have fond memories of their time in the Scouts, Cubs and or Beavers, being part of a Scout group allowed them to go places and engage in activities that they would otherwise never have been able to afford. Unfortunately, some children will have them fond memories swiped away by those who targeted the Scouts to get access to children, often without parental guidance.

Scout, Cub and Beaver abuse

The Scouts Association has recently seen an influx of claims arising from child abuse by Scout leaders. These claims can involve sexual abuse that took place many years ago, sometimes as far back as the 1960s and 1970s. In many cases once the perpetrators had infiltrated the group and started to build trust they would use their position of trust to carry about systematic abuse.

Many of the victims talk about how they felt pressured into forming a closer bond with the leaders to increase the benefits of being a scout. Children naturally look up to the elders and are often easily susceptible to grooming. There’s thought to have been thousands of victims across the UK, if you’re one of them we are here to help you get the support you need.

Historic sexual abuse compensation

It may be possible to make a claim for compensation where child abuse has taken place at a Scouts group, the abuse needn’t have occurred on the premises owned by the Scouts Association to qualify. Even if the abuse occurred at the abuser’s house or any other location, provided the child and the abuser first came into contact through the Scouts Association it is possible to claim compensation for the abuse suffered.

A claim for compensation can be made against the individual abuser alone although, more often than not this will only be the case of the abuser has sufficient assets to cover the cost of the compensation claim. More often than not abusers will not have this money and so a claimant must look elsewhere. In these cases the claimant can pursue the Scouts Association for the compensation. A claim against the Scouts will be made on a vicarious liability basis, meaning that the club will be liable to pay compensation for the abusive acts of the 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. Although a claim can be made against the Scouts, in reality, there is likely to be an insurance policy in place that will pay any compensation on behalf of the Scouts.

No win no fee solicitors

We deal with all of our claims against the Scouts Association on a no win no fee basis, you don’t ever pay us a penny. We will only be paid if a claim is successful and, even then, our costs are paid by the defendants.

If you or a loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of someone associated with the Scouts, get in touch with us. We can help get the support, care and compensation you deserve, call our 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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