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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.
The issue of limitation in child abuse cases is always a matter for great debate.
Over the last five years, we have seen an increasing number of damages claims brought against local authorities for the accidental disclosure of adopters’ confidential personal details to the birth family.
In the last three months the law concerning vicarious liability has moved on yet again, leading many to speculate what effect this might have.
Judges and legal commentators sometimes talk about the ‘high water mark’ in case law, which we have certainly seen in abuse and negligence claims.
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Acting on a claim for alleged abuse by mother, mother’s partner, and foster carers. The claimant alleged the defendant negligently failed to remove her from her mother’s care, negligently placed her with foster carers and a general mismanagement in care.
Acting on a claim of allegedly inappropriate handling of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Creating an innovative mechanism for Criminal Court watching briefs in 2015, allowing greater costs management within the context of other group actions. Creating an estimated saving for our clients of over £100,000.
Representing a local authority at an Inquest following the death of a Looked After Child in a Young Offenders' institute.
Advising in some of the most important social care cases in recent years including the Waterhouse Inquiry, Victoria Climbié, Fiona Pilkington and Khyra Ishaq.
We have seen a rash of claims for breach of Human Rights being brought in the course of care proceedings.
The appeal to the Supreme Court in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council will be heard on 8 and 9 February 2017.
Today’s announcement that only 23% of councils have good child protection services will strike a chord with many working in this field.
The Supreme Court has ruled by a majority of 3:2 that the courts may now exercise jurisdiction over a child’s welfare even when the child has relocated abroad permanently with his or her parents
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