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Children services and safeguarding


Challenges for organisations working with children are growing rapidly. Baby P shone a bright light on safeguarding generally, as well as leading to unprecedented levels of care applications and continuing structural reform. Our specialists understand the blurring of demarcation lines and responsibilities between professionals in health, education and social care and the issues these bring. We offer pragmatic, inclusive, sensitive and specialist advice through alignment of your resources and specialists.

We have:

  • a national reputation, with experience spanning education, health and social care
  • lawyers seconded to Mental Health Trusts and national inspectorates
  • NHS Resolution panel members 
  • an established client base, over 50 unitary or top-tier local authorities, over 50 NHS Trusts, national charities, insurers, national sporting bodies and independent health and social care providers.

We offer a full range of services, advisory matters on safeguarding child protection, employment, public inquiries and investigations, contentious claims and court proceedings on care issues.

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With effect from Thursday 9 September 2021 the amendments contained within the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/161) (‘the Regulations’) come into effect which introduces regulation 27A.

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Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecution outcomes highlight ongoing trends

In the last three months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded three prosecution cases relating to unsafe care and treatment.

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The future of care - round table summary

Read our summary of the insights gathered from our recent roundtables dedicated to the future of care and looking into various areas of the care sector from elderly care to learning disabilities and from retirement living to supported living.

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Liberty Protection Safeguards: what we know so far

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) implementation date has been moved to April 2022, but a lot will need to happen before the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are swept away.

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