from FB: UK Supreme Court rules foster children can sue for sexual and physical abuse–no excuses; local authorities do have a duty to keep kids safe from abuse

MaryGSykes.com

here is the decision:

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0004-judgment.pdf

here is the press release:

18 October 2017
PRESS SUMMARY
Armes (Appellant) v Nottinghamshire County Council (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 60
On appeal from [2015] EWCA Civ 1139
JUSTICES: Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Reed, Lord Hughes
BACKGROUND TO THE APPEAL
The appellant was in the care of the respondent local authority from the ages of seven to eighteen. The local authority placed her into foster care with Mr and Mrs A between March 1985 and March 1986, and with Mr and Mrs B between October 1987 and February 1988. She was physically and emotionally abused by Mrs A, and sexually abused by Mr B.
The case proceeded on the basis that the local authority were not negligent in the selection or supervision of the foster parents, but that they were nevertheless liable for the abuse perpetrated by her foster carers.
She claimed that the local authority were…

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