0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

social Work – Here's our Promised Update on Vicarious Liability

27 February 2012

Below is the update I promised in my previous blog on this case and I’ve also written a fuller summary.

Judgement was given on Friday, 24 February.  The 67 year old claimant complained that he was sexually abused by the adult son (a retired Anglican priest) of the warden and matron of a Children’s Society home in 1959.  The priest’s estate settled the claim for £10,000 but the claim against the Society proceeded on the basis that it was vicariously liable for the action of the son.  The judge found the evidence had been so badly affected by time that it was impossible to have a fair trial.  He also dismissed the argument that the society was liable for the action of the abuser.

However the judge made it clear that the test for vicarious liability is fact sensitive.  Each case will depend on its own fact, and our experience suggests that the lawyers involved in this case are up for pushing those boundaries.

related opinions

COVID-19 child protection practice - four months in - lessons learned so far

In June 2020 the University of Birmingham published a research briefing exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child protection practice.

View blog

Care Charitable Trust fined after Resident suffers fatal fall

Nazareth Care Charitable Trust which operates a care home in Bonnyrigg, Scotland, recently received a fine after a resident at one of its care homes suffered a fatal injury after falling down a flight of stairs.

View blog

Watch this space on breach of contract, vicarious liability and assumption of responsibility

The concept of Assumption of Responsibility is on many stakeholders’ minds at the moment following the Supreme Court decision in CN & GN v Poole.

View blog

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust fined £200,000 – A warning for providers and investors

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust was sentenced on 14 June 2019 for failing to provide safe care and treatment to a 19 year old inmate being cared for on the hospital wing of Lewes Prison, Jamie Osborne.

View blog

mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up