If a child is harmed or dies in your care as a result of suspected abuse or neglect then you can find yourself under the spot light of multiple interested parties. This will include a Local Authority Safeguarding Children Board and Ofsted and providers may find that the police and coroner are also interested.
A Serious Case Review (“SCR”) will be held to learn lessons from the situation however, often a finger gets pointed at the professionals who were caring for the child when they died, despite there being multiple party input to that care package. These processes can be complex, daunting and overwhelming.
Ridouts is well placed to advise a provider during a SCR which are often document heavy, detail driven investigations.
The purpose of an inquest is to establish facts. It is not to apportion blame and the conclusion should not use language that suggests civil or criminal liability. However, there are conclusions and language used that may have a negative impact on your service, including findings of neglect. If managed properly then the risk of damage to your business from negative findings can be minimised.
Ridouts can help you navigate, appropriately participate and advise you on how to manage these proceedings.