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children's services

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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

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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Legal updates

Vicarious liability for physical and sexual abuse claims: what does the future hold for charities, social and sports clubs?

The last 12 months have seen more reports of sports coaches and people of similar responsibility taking advantage of their roles to harm children.

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Legal updates

The limitation debate - treating claimants as individuals

The issue of limitation in child abuse cases is always a matter for great debate.

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Legal updates

Data Protection Act claims arising out of adoption

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.

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