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Medomsley Physical Abuse Settlement Scheme Notice of Extension

The Ministry of Justice (‘MOJ’) announced that it would conclude the Medomsley Physical Abuse Settlement Scheme for all new physical abuse claims on 1st January 2022.

The government has confirmed that they are committed to supporting victims of abuse and the Ministry of Justice is committed to ensuring those who have not yet advanced their claims have the opportunity to do so. Accordingly, the scheme will, with immediate effect, be extended to accept new physical abuse claims.

Sexual abuse claims will continue to be considered on a case by case basis.

The Medomsley Physical Abuse scheme provides compensation to former inmates who were subjected to physical abuse whilst detained in Medomsley Detention Centre and can provide independent evidence of their period of detention.

The award of compensation is dependent upon the length of the period of detention. The length of the detention will take into account multiple periods of detention and will be based on the total length of sentence that a person served.

The scheme falls into three categories:

Category 1 – You were detained at Medomsley for 3 months or less and will receive a payment of compensation in the sum of £1750.00;

Category 2 – You were detained at Medomsley for more than 3 months and will receive a payment of compensation in the sum of £2500.00;

Category 3 – The Claimant has provided medical evidence to show that they sustained a lasting physical or psychological injury as a direct result of their treatment at Medomsley will receive a payment of compensation between £3000.00 and £5000.00.

For an injury to be accepted as a ‘lasting injury’ the injury must have been persisted for a significant period of time beyond the period of detention and includes injuries such as, fractures, dislocations, scarring, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is necessary to have medical evidence to support the physical injury or psychiatric injury, which has been suffered.

If you have been affected by abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre and wish to speak to a solicitor, please contact Nathalie Clayton.