More than £500,000 paid out to Notts child sex abuse victims

Beechwood care home in Mapperley is under investigation.

101 claims relating to the Beechwood Group Litigation have been received by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council to date.

So far, out of these claims 43 have been settled without admission by the County Council. A total of £425,000 has been paid out.

Yesterday, the council approved the establishment of a Historical Child Abuse Unit to handle referrals to social care concerning historical child abuse where children have been looked after by the authority.

The unit will also be working jointly with Nottinghamshire Police to support ongoing investigations into historical child abuse across the county.

Service director for children’s social care, Steve Edwards, said: “Like all Councils across the country, Nottinghamshire has seen a significant increase in historical abuse referrals. This has highlighted the need to support survivors of abuse and ensure their needs are effectively supported by the County Council, police and health partners.

“The volume of allegations has also been placed increasing demands on staff to retrieve both social care records and other information for alleged perpetrators and witnesses.

“In response, we are setting up a Historical Child Abuse Unit which will significantly increase our capacity to provide adequate support.”

Nottingham City Council have received 12 claims so far – four of which have been settled,

There are ten claims split between the City and Council, of which two have been settled. The total value of compensation made for the claims in the city is £82,100.

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