Category Archives: Litigation

Disciplinary Proceedings and Psychiatric Harm

Case Name: Marsh v Ministry of Justice [2017] EWHC 1040 (QB) Legal point of interest: The common law duty of care towards employees to prevent exposure to any foreseeable risk of injury and/or psychiatric damage. 

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Victory For NSPCC’S ‘Flaw In The Law’ Campaign

Justice Secretary Liz Truss announces new law that makes sexual communication with a child a criminal offence with effect from 3 April 2017

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The Child Protection Threshold Conundrum

A Community Care Survey of over 1000 Social Workers has found that over 70% of Practitioners believe that the threshold for Child Protection has risen in the last 12 months. Recent research has shown that children deemed to sit just … Read more

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Foster Carers; A New Era?

The changes to fee structures for foster carers is causing upset. Under some schemes, fostering payments are being cut if the foster carers are not deemed to have done enough to support and develop the fostering service. Some local authorities … Read more

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Unaccompanied Children And PR: Who Takes Responsibility?

Baljeet Sandhu, Director of the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit, Islington Law Centre, describes unaccompanied migrant children as “the most vulnerable group that I and my team have ever worked with. In most cases, by the time they have … Read more

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Skull and Bones of contention

Anyone with a smattering of legal knowledge will probably have come across the legal maxim known as the “eggshell skull rule “(sometimes called the thin skull rule). It is a doctrine that applies both to civil and criminal law and … Read more

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Forbes Social Service and Abuse Claims Team shortlisted for Product of the Year at 2016 ALARM Risk Awards

We are delighted to announce that Forbes Social Service and Abuse claims team in-house Social Work Consultancy has been shortlisted for product of the year at the 2016 ALARM Risk Awards. The winners will be announced during the ALARM Risk Awards … Read more

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Pressure on Local Authority’s caused by influx of child refugees

Under the Children Act 1989, local authorities are under a duty to care for under 18s who arrive in their area from abroad, seeking asylum. This is something that numerous Councils are now faced with, especially those with coastal ports. … Read more

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Sex crimes at an all-time high

It has today been reported that sex crimes are at the highest since current reporting methods began in 2003. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of sex offences has risen by 36% in the … Read more

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19% increase in the number of foster children reported missing

New statistics revealed by Ofsted show a dramatic increase in the number of children going missing from their foster placements compared to last year. 5,055 foster children were reported as missing between April 2014 and March 2015, a 19% increase … Read more

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