When you have operated in the local authority liability insurance field for any great length of time the spectre of receiving a large children’s services claim can never be discounted too easily, and whilst the current legal window for such claims has been narrowed considerably by the decision of CN v Poole, a threat they remain. Thankfully such claims are few and far between, but it was this concern which prompted us at RMP to consider how the pandemic may have impacted on the ability of children’s services teams up and down the country, to discharge their duties.
To get an expert view on this complex and dynamic situation we turned to Kate Prestidge, a partner at the leading Public Sector law Firm Plexus and asked for her thoughts on this subject. The article which follows is the work of Kate Prestidge, Andrew Caplan and the Abuse Team at Plexus Law. In our view it represents an excellent contribution, covering the risks, legal issues and offering up some sound risk management advice. We hope you enjoy the read and can take something from the information and please read the detail with the thought in mind that you/us could be dealing with a claim very easily in say the year 2031, for a set of events which occurred during the pandemic.
Please note: this document was originally drafted in March 2021. It was updated by Plexus Law on 8 April 2022.
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