Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hundreds 'sue local authorities over child abuse'

Hundreds of young people are trying to sue local authorities in England and Wales for failing to remove them from abusive homes, lawyers are claiming.

Victims are claiming that social workers' negligence meant they were not protected from abuse.

Sarah Erwin-Jones, a solicitor who acts for local authorities, said such cases were expensive and time-consuming.

But lawyers bringing claims say they open up social work to proper scrutiny and can put right past injustices.'


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