Journal Article

Legal Liability and Accountability for Child-care Decisions

TOM GUTHRIE

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 3, pages 403-422
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011347
Legal Liability and Accountability for Child-care Decisions

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Although decisions taken by social workers in cases of suspected child abuse and in looking after children in their care may be the subject of public enquiries and press comment, they will not in general incur any legal liability to compensate children who claim to have suffered as a result of these decisions. This article examines the reasons why such liability is excluded by the courts, as well as looking briefly at other mechanisms for challenging social workers'decisions. It is argued that the grounds for excluding liability are speculative and that introducing liability to this area might encourage good practice.

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Subjects: Social Work

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