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Thanks for your patience. This is an unfortunate situation and I do empathise. The issue here is that you voluntarily settled with the manager. This would have resulted in a legally binding agreement between you and him so unless you can show that he has breached the terms of the agreement, you cannot really pursue him for what you had paid. Whilst hindsight would be of no use, ideally you should have probably taken your chances in tribunal as there would have been no guarantee that he would have won.
As far as the situation currently stands, he has left tour employment so you cannot do anything in that respect. You have settled the tribunal claim so that is the end of that matter too, unless he breaches the terms of the settlement. The issue is still with Safeguarding so they could take this further and take whatever appropriate action is necessary against him. If you have not done so, you may also wish to involve the police on the assumption that the abuse was also of a criminal nature. Finally, you can consider appealing the tribunal judge’s order or decision to refuse the delay of the hearing. It may be a little bit late for that though as the claim has been settled and closed so you may be running out of options overall unfortunately. It is too late to implement the best options, such as getting a formal review of the decision not to allow an extension of time. I am really trying to think what else you can do but it is difficult to come up with anything else that is open to you at this stage.
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