Thank you. I think you have a claim here, I think you have a good claim but I think it’s going to be an extremely difficult one for a variety of reasons.
For there to be a claim, there must be a duty of care, the duty of care must be breached and as a result of the breach there must be loss or injury. The loss or injury resulting from the breach must be reasonably foreseeable
Firstly, limitation is six years from the date of knowledge for any claims in contract and three years for injury in common law negligence and therefore you would have to prove that you only just became aware of this which seems unlikely. However because of the very unusual circumstances here you may be able to get the court to waive limitation. However I think that suing social services for breach of duty of care is going to be a nonstarter. Limitation doesn’t start to run until you are aged 18 in any event. Therefore, you would have to have issued proceedings before you were 21
For criminal issues however there is no timescale and if you suffered these injuries as a result of what your parents did to you, you would be entitled to compensation from them. If they have passed away, your claim would endure against the estate.
Here is some information from citizens advice
what I would do however is speak to a firm that specialises in child abuse and this extremely large and well-known firm have not only got an excellent reputation but also specialists that deal with just this.
It’s unlikely that you would get a local firm of solicitors to deal with this so in the first instance you might want to one of the large firms that specialise this such as these below, to see what they have to say about it.
if they agree to take it on, then go for it but if they tell you that it’s a nonstarter, I would be inclined to go along with that. However I don’t see that a claim against Social services would succeed (time limit apart) unless you could prove that they were aware this abuse had been going on or should have been. If they were, they obviously wouldn’t have placed you there.
This isn’t something that I would recommend trying to DIY for one moment.