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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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Current trends in faith abuse cases

With the recent report that the Church of England found a 50% rise in abuse claims and concerns, it is worth looking at current trends in this arena.

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Legal updates

Abuse and social care newsletter - August 2019

This edition looks at CN & GN v Poole Borough Council, Kuoni, faith abuse cases, limitation in child abuse negligence claims, applications to strike out, and Human Rights Act experts.

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Legal updates

Social care negligence claims – is there ever a time when an application to strike out is appropriate?

Now that the Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in the case of CN & GN, many claimants’ solicitors are beginning to reawaken their files (where they have the funding and the will to do so); seeking disclosure from local authorities so that they can investigate and potentially issue claims.

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Human Rights Act experts: are they necessary in Human Rights Act claims?

Public authorities have become familiar with the challenges of claims for non-recent abuse, often arising out of care and school environments.

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