Children who are the victims of violent crime are entitled to compensation under the Government's CICA scheme.
The child will need an adult to make the application on their behalf. That adult will be expected to provide their details together with proof of their relationship to the child.
If the incident causing injury to the child was reported to the police before they reached 18 then the claim must be made before their 20th birthday.
If the incident was not reported until after they were 18 then the claim must be made within two years of it being reported.
The CICA recommends that applications on behalf of children be made promptly. This is because the longer it is left the more difficult it becomes to obtain evidence of the injury.
We specialise in child abuse compensation and are members of ACAL, the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.
For advice on making a CICA criminal injuries compensation claim on behalf of a child then call our dedicated helpline now on 0808 139 1597 or e-mail the team.