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Barnardo's welcomes review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Release Date: 10 Sep 2018

The Justice Secretary has ordered a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme after Barnardo’s and other organisations highlighted that some victims are unfairly denied payouts.

Coalition partners Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan, Victim Support Chief Officer Diana Fawcett, Rape Crisis Co-Chairs Dawn Thomas and Dianne Whitfield said:

We are delighted the Government has today announced it will overhaul the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), making it fit for purpose.

We are particularly pleased that the unjust and arbitrary ‘same roof’ rule, where some victims of child sexual abuse have been denied compensation, has been abolished.

As a coalition, we have long campaigned to get justice for victims of child sexual abuse who have lost out due to illogical rules governing the Scheme.

We look forward to feeding into the review to ensure that the rules related to child grooming victims and those with unrelated criminal convictions are also changed.

We are glad the Ministry of Justice has listened to our concerns, so victims will at long last get the compensation they so rightly deserve.

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