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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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Webinars

Compensation claims for failures of social work practice November 2017

Social work practice has changed radically over recent years – and so has the case law which enables claims to be brought for failures in social work practice.

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Legal updates

Historical abuse claims can be defended on limitation

The latest example of the court declining to exercise its discretion to allow late litigated claims to proceed out of time is James Gray v Flintshire County Council (2017).

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Legal updates

A review of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman's decisions for the last six months

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman team look at all social care complaints, including care that is privately funded.

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Legal updates

Human Rights Act claims must not 'bog down' family proceedings

Austerity measures have led to ever-increasing tightening of belts in the health and social care sectors.

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