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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.

related resources


potential pre-action protocols for abuse claims 24 May 2018

Sarah Erwin-Jones and James Arrowsmith of our abuse handling team will provide you with a background on pre-action protocols

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Legal updates

Social care newsletter - April 2018

In this edition we look at claim strategy, risk management, third party recovery claims, pre-action protocol and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


Legal updates

Plotting the likely risk in child abuse claims following the latest crop of Court of Appeal decisions

Independent fostering agencies (IFAs) and non-local authority care providers need to plan too.


Legal updates

Child abuse claim strategy whilst we wait for the CN and GN v Poole Appeal

It is common knowledge now that the Supreme Court has given the Claimants permission to Appeal in the CN & GN v Poole Borough Council case.


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