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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

Abuse and social care newsletter - June 2018

Welcome to our quarterly social care newsletter.

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Legal updates

How legal decisions influence social work practice

Sir James Munby, who retires soon, is known as a fearless judge and an advocate for change. In this article we take a look at some of his judgments from the last decade that have had a significant impact on social care.

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Potential pre-action protocols for abuse claims the impact on your organisation and stakeholders

Sarah Erwin-Jones and James Arrowsmith of our abuse team will provide you with a background on pre-action protocols, how your organisation can be preparing for them, and how you can be ready, in the unfortunate event that a claim is made against your organisation, to handle it as quickly and compassionately as possible.

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Webinars

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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