Social Services Failure to Protect
Failure to Protect Claim
Social Services have a duty of care to protect vulnerable children in their local area from abuse and maltreatment if that child is known to them.
Failure to protect claims can arise when a Local Authority knew or ought to have known that a child was at risk of harm and failed to take appropriate action to protect the child from harm by intervening or removing the child from the harmful environment.
The abuse can include:
- Sexual and physical abuse in the family home either by parents, other family members or individuals not connected to the family
- Sexual and physical abuse whilst in foster care
Sadly, there have been a number of high-profile cases where the local authority has failed to act in the best interests of a vulnerable child known to them with tragic consequences.
- Daniel Pelka
- Victoria Climbie
- Baby P
- Tyler Whelan
We have acted for a number of individuals who have been known to social services but been allowed to remain in an abusive home or foster care environment.
If you wish to discuss your experiences then you can Email Us or Telephone us. All enquiries will be dealt with sympathetically and confidentially.