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social care


Social care for both children and adults is a large, dynamic sector, involving public, private and charitable organisations. Changes in statutory frameworks and associated new duties, complex procurement and commissioning practices for local authorities and an active, funded and competitive private sector, all mean that providers face a breadth of legal challenges. Our multi-disciplinary team understands your environment and the law. Our goal is to ensure we meet the differing objectives of all providers.

what we do...

  • Our clients - over 50 local authorities, registered charities, residential and domiciliary care providers, insurers, sports governing bodies, religious organisations and inspectorates including the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
  • Over 20 years' experience - we act for inspectorates, conduct child and vulnerable adult protection audits and policy reviews and attend risk management committees.
  • 20 dedicated lawyers - based in Nottingham, Exeter, London and Birmingham, the largest specialist teams in private practice.
  • On-going training - on the latest regulatory developments and government guidance.

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Legal updates

Abuse and social care newsletter - December 2018

Welcome to our quarterly social care newsletter.

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Legal updates

Institutional child sexual abuse redress schemes – the Australian model six months in

2018 has seen much discussion of the possibility of setting up redress schemes in the UK to address historical child sexual abuse. Most of that abuse is said to have occurred in institutions.

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Legal updates

Friends and family foster carers – an emerging risk?

Most people now refer to the decision in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council in a shorthand manner, as being one that fixed fostering agencies with vicarious liability for the actions of foster carers.

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Legal updates

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse

Disclosures alleging sexual abuse of any form are invariably traumatic in whatever context they are made.

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