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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

Litigation during COVID-19

In these unprecedented times we have seen a significant shift in the conduct of civil litigation over a very short space of time.

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Legal updates

Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) guidance note on private finance initiative (PFI) and private finance 2 (PF2) projects

Major parts of the infrastructure in the UK are currently managed under PFI contracts and their contribution to public service delivery is substantial. In the context of the Covid 19 crisis, therefore, their continuing role is of critical importance to essential services.

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Upcoming webinars

COVID-19 for local authorities

We are pleased to invite you to our Covid-19 webinar, where a number of key members of the team will be providing an update on current issues arising in relation to the pandemic and its effect on local authorities.

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Legal updates

Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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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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