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social care - January 2020

24 January 2020

Welcome to our social care newsletter.

Foster Parents – the carers’ perspective might help your planning

Almost every year the Fostering Network publishes a State of the Nation’s Foster Care Summary report after surveying foster carers.

Nearly 75% of Looked After Children in the United Kingdom are with foster carers. Whilst the analysis we often consider with our clients focuses on the needs, requirements and perspectives of fostering agencies and social workers, this report surveys foster carers themselves.

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Potential liability for child sexual and criminal exploitation

The Children Act 1989 imposes a statutory duty on Local Authorities for Looked After and certain other young people as they prepare for adulthood.

Cynthia Watts looks into the circumstances that these statutory duties mean and what they need to develop the skills and personal resilience to prepare them for the independence of adulthood.

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What we have learned about costs claims in child abuse cases

The Courts are slowly accepting that these cases are very much now in the mainstream of litigation, they still do have their quirks which many judges consider separate them from the pool of general personal injury litigation.

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Understanding the risk - looked after children trends and the impact on claims

Last month the government published the latest annual update on the numbers of looked after children.

We find out the number of claims likely to come from these findings.

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Legal updates

Treasury consults on future lending terms of the Public Works Loan Board

The consultation has been prompted by the specific issue of ‘debt for yield’ to ensure that the PWLB can continue to support local authority investment.

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Brexit resources

UK shared prosperity fund

The UKSPF has been proposed to replace the EU ESI funding for less developed regions, however a number of issues require resolution before the fund can be set up.

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Legal updates

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - updated statutory guidance for public authorities in England and Wales

This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.

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Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end

Browne Jacobson and Agilia are delighted to invite you to our on-demand webinar in which we will be looking at the key issues and best practice, which every affected authority needs to know, to assist them in the management of this challenge and the development of a strategy for preservation or replacement of assets and the re-procurement of key services.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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