Jonathan Wheeler
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Jonathan Wheeler, partner at specialist compensation claim solicitors, Bolt Burdon Kemp, has significant expertise in representing survivors of child abuse. Jonathan has 19 years experience in the field and has received numerous industry plaudits for his campaigning work for survivors of child abuse. His team represents children, as well as adults, who have been traumatised by recalling events of abuse in childhood which often occurred years ago and remained long buried. The firm sues individual abusers, their employers, foster parents, operators of children's homes and schools, social services departments which placed children in care, or failed to protect children being abused at home, religious organisations and charitable foundations. He acts for clients nationwide, both in one-off cases and large group actions, also assisting with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Jonathan also has a strong lobbying background in the field, having previously been co-ordinator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' (APIL) Child Abuse Special Interest Group and he now sits on the organisation's executive committee. He is also treasurer and a director of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers. As one of APIL's recognised trainers, he also regularly writes articles and presents seminars, most recently on evidence in child abuse claims, acting for children, and the withdrawal of expert witnesses' immunity from suit.

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New Inquiries Into Widepread Institutional Child Abuse Are a Positive Step, But Action Must Follow

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Two new inquiries into failures by those in power to uncover alleged child abuse crimes are well intentioned, but action must follow to bring perpetrators to justice and to ensure such abuse can never happen again.

After a number of recent cases exposed a failure by public bodies to...

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New Depths of Depravity in Online Child Abuse Images Utterly Shocking

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Government plans to use a central image database to identify abusers and their victims are welcome and with millions of these images already in circulation, there is no time to waste.

Reports that a growing number of young children are subject to perverse sexual abuse through online imagery are truly...

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Celebrity Status Must Not Become a Harbour for Child Sex Offences

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:53 AM

News that a former pop star has been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences won't come as a shock to fellow professionals who, like me, work with child abuse victims every day.

Like many pop and rock musicians before him, in his heyday Ian Watkins, lead singer of...

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Understanding Paedophilia is First Step to Tackling Child Abuse

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:57 AM

Calls for more research into what makes predatory paedophiles tick should be heeded if David Cameron is serious about tackling the issue of child abuse.

Former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service (CEOP), Jim Gamble, has correctly pointed out that Cameron's demand that internet companies take action...

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Assessing Risk of Child Abuse Is Not a Numbers Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:11 AM

A Department of Education decision to allow a teacher found guilty of downloading child abuse images to be allowed to return to the classroom demonstrates a baffling lack of understanding of the risks posed by paedophiles.

Commenting on the case, the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) professional conduct...

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Here We Go Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 11:48 AM

News that veteran BBC broadcaster, Stuart Hall, has admitted to a string of sex crimes involving girls and young women in the 60s, 70s and 80s is especially troubling for its similarities with the Savile inquiry.

Like Savile, it is alleged that Hall brought girls - one as young as...

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Abuse Scandal Legacy Must Count

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Concern is growing that the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal could be all too easily forgotten and that if changes are not made, such abuses will continue to take place.

Speaking last week on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Baroness Butler-Sloss, a former High Court judge said she is worried...

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Church of England Ashamed at Abuse in Chichester

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 9:29 AM

A human response from the C of E hierarchy contrasts with the attitude of the Catholic Church

The Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, has said he is "profoundly ashamed" by the fact that the Church's safeguarding procedures failed vulnerable children in the Chichester diocese. He said...

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Take Race and Faith Out of Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 6:55 AM

The conviction earlier this year of nine Muslim men for their involvement in a child abuse ring has revived an important debate about whether race and faith should ever be used as an explanation for crime. A remarkably similar, yet fictional case, highlighted on last week's episode of BBC TV's...

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