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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.

Our cases

Armes (NA) -v- Nottinghamshire County Council – A welcome victory for abused foster children Supreme Court rule child abuse victory for Nottingham Claimant against Nottinghamshire County Council Today, the Supreme Court gave a much-awaited judgement in the case of Armes (NA) -v- Nottinghamshire County Council finding that local authorities are vicariously liable for the actions of foster parents. The claimant,…

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Notable cases

Court hands down judgement in B&B – v – Leicestershire County Council and rules that Local Authorities owe a non-delegable duty of care to children who are placed in foster care. The Claimants were represented by Mr. Christopher Ratcliffe, solicitor, of Uppal Taylor Solicitors and Mr. Philip Turton, barrister, of Ropewalk Chambers, Nottingham. The Claimants brought proceedings against the Local…

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Other news

Stockport MP, Ann Coffey, says rise in number of children being “farmed out” to care homes. 2012 government reforms made a pledge to reduce the number of “out of borough placements” to help combat child sexual exploitation, but Ministers are now being accused of breaking that promise. Labour MP Ann Coffey is expected to use a Commons debate later to…

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