Landmark ruling makes local authorities 'vicariously liable'

06 Nov 2017

BLM abuse claims expert, Frank Hughes writes in today's Scotsman about a recent case where the local authority is ruled vicariously liable for the abuse suffered by Natasha Armes, whilst she was in foster care. Described as a landmark ruling, Frank discusses in more detail...

Frank says, "...the court decided Nottinghamshire County Council was “vicariously liable” for the abuse suffered by Natasha Armes when it placed her with two separate foster carers in the 1980s. Her claim against the local authority was initially rejected by both the High Court and Court of Appeal. However in the Supreme Court, judges ruled 4:1 that the local authority could be held vicariously liable for the abuse, although they were not negligent in the selection or supervision of foster carers, nor otherwise at fault..."

To read the full article, as published in today's The Scotsman, please click here.


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