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children's services


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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Abuse and social care newsletter - September 2018

Welcome to our quarterly social care newsletter.


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On 15 June 2018, Master McCloud refused to strike out a claim against an inquiry Chair under the Human Rights Act 1998.


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How to handle complaints

Arguably, the number and type of scandals affecting the social care sector has never been more within the public knowledge than now.


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Complaints, investigations and reviews: data protection issues

Data protection legislation changed on 25 May 2018, with the consequence that the bases on which personal data could be lawfully processed, and the grounds on which personal data could be withheld from the data subject, have been narrowed.


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