- Supreme Court considers foster carers and vicarious liability (Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council)
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- What is the significance of this case? Why is it important for practitioners?
- What was the background to the case?
- What issues arose for the Supreme Court’s consideration?
- What did the court decide, and why?
- To what extent is the judgment helpful in clarifying the law in this area? Are there still any unresolved issues practitioners will need to watch out for?
- What can we take from this decision and other recent decisions about the relationship between local authorities and the foster carers that they work with?
- What impact will this decision have on how children are placed with foster parents or is this mostly a legacy issue?
- How does the decision fit in with other developments in this area of law? Do you have any predictions for future developments in this area?
- What are the practical implications of the judgment? What should practitioners be mindful of when advising in this area?
Local Government analysis: Can a local authority be liable for the abuse of a child by foster parents even though it had not been negligent in selecting or supervising them? Philip Davy, of Ropewalk Chambers, examines the Supreme Court’s answer in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council.
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