Professional Negligence Claims against Social Services in failing to safeguard children
Under the Children Act 1989 and earlier legislation a duty is imposed on local government authorities to safeguard the welfare of children in their area and which require local authorities' social services departments to intervene and to either assist birth parents or parent with parenting/childcare skills and monitor parenting improvements or ultimately to remove a child into state care.
Sometimes children were not removed as quickly as they should have been and were left living in abusive and neglectful home circumstances without proper access to education and basic life necessities such as regular meals and clean clothing to wear.
If a child should have been removed by social services and was not removed it is possible to investigate a professional negligence claim against social services for the harm suffered whilst the child was left at home. These are failure to remove claims and we can investigate them on behalf of our clients.
Sometime a child is removed but not properly looked after whilst in care - these are failure to protect claims and we can investigate these also.
We fund these claims generally under no win no fee arrangments.