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Challenges for organisations working with children are rapidly growing. 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.

what we do...

  • National reputation - experience spanning education, social care and health, with lawyers regularly seconded to local authorities, mental health trusts and national inspectorates; we are members of the learning and skills council and a NHS Resolution panel member.
  • Established client base - over 50 unitary or top-tier local authorities, maintained and independent schools (boarding and day), national charities, insurers and claims handlers, further and higher education establishments, national sporting governing bodies, church groups.
  • More than 15 dedicated specialists - based in Nottingham, Exeter and London.
  • Full range of services - advisory matters on safeguarding child protection, employment, public inquiries, information management, contentious claims and court proceedings on care issues, negligence claims against professionals.

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Legal updates

How does the Court of Appeal decision in CN v Poole Borough Council affect local authorities?

This social work negligence judgment is of importance to all those in local authorities who provide services.

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Legal updates

Social care newsletter - December 2017

In this edition we look at the 'Weinstein effect' on civil claims, the impact of the Armes Supreme Court decision on children’s care providers and the increasing frequency of claimants seeking special damages on the multiplier/multiplicand basis.

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Legal updates

Children's services liability claims - remember this is social work, not social engineering

After the Armes Supreme Court decision earlier last month finding that local authorities can be vicariously liable for the deliberate (abusive) actions of foster carers; children’s care providers, their risk managers and claims handlers can expect a lot of activity in the next few months and years.

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Legal updates

When is the multiplier/multiplicand applicable in social care abuse claims?

In the course of dealing with a social care claim, whilst searching for records and attempting to locate witnesses, you are provided with a schedule of loss for the claimant including a loss of earnings claim on the multiplier/multiplicand basis.

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