Landmark ruling finds councils are liable for abuse in foster care

The Supreme Court has said a local authority was “vicariously liable” for the abuse a girl suffered in foster care in the 1980s. Local authorities are liable for abuse suffered in foster care, following a Supreme Court ruling believed to have “enormous” implications for councils across the country. In a judgment published yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled by a four-to-one majority that Nottinghamshire council was “vicariously liable” for the actions of two foster carers who abused claimant, Natasha Armes, when she was in their care during the 1980s. Read more.

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