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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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Abuse and social care newsletter - December 2018

Welcome to our quarterly social care newsletter.

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Legal updates

Institutional child sexual abuse redress schemes – the Australian model six months in

2018 has seen much discussion of the possibility of setting up redress schemes in the UK to address historical child sexual abuse. Most of that abuse is said to have occurred in institutions.

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Legal updates

Friends and family foster carers – an emerging risk?

Most people now refer to the decision in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council in a shorthand manner, as being one that fixed fostering agencies with vicarious liability for the actions of foster carers.

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Legal updates

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse

Disclosures alleging sexual abuse of any form are invariably traumatic in whatever context they are made.

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