Safeguarding, CRB, DBS disclosure issues
3PB’s specialist barristers are experts in safeguarding, bullying and abuse cases arising in the education context.
Members are experienced in both private and public law claims involving safeguarding issues in schools and colleges, youth and sports clubs, religious organisations/settings and in higher education. Our team have helped victims and survivors who are dealing with sexual, physical and emotional abuse and who were abused at state, private, religious, special, and residential schools. Our work includes both ‘historic’ and more recent abuse. Practitioners often work with young people who are at risk of, or victims of, sexual or criminal exploitation.
Our barristers also act in high profile public inquiries relating to sexual abuse, with several of our team involved in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and related litigation.
Members of 3PB act for both claimants and defendants in safeguarding, bullying and abuse claims. Members routinely act for victims and survivors, and their families, as well as for schools and local authorities in claims involving harm caused to children and young people in the education context.
Members also deal with criminal record checks, data protection matters, and disclosure issues involving education providers.
These issues are part of a regular provision of training and workshops that 3PB offer to victims and survivors, local authorities and schools, and universities. We provide regular updates about developments in safeguarding and education law. If you wish to instruct any of our members or attend our training then please email Gemma Faulkner at [email protected] or Tom Cox at [email protected]
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Welcome to the 9th edition of our education law newsletter. Edited by Jim Hirschmann and Katherine Anderson, it features analysis and contributions from head of team Charlotte Hadfield, Katherine Anderson (who celebrated the publishing of her book), Emma Waldron, Olivia McGonigle, Jim Hirschmann and pupil Rosa Thomas.Continue reading
Case analysis covers: R (on the application of Swalcliffe Park School) v Wokingham Borough Council and another  EWHC 1451 (Admin); R (on the application of AI) v London Borough of Wandsworth  EWHC 2088 (Admin); MXX v A Secondary School  EWCA Civ 99; and Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v JS and Others  EWCOP 33. The team also looks at potential student litigation that could arise out of the university marking and assessment boycott.
3PB education barrister Emma Waldron (pictured here) recently saw her client, a registered childminder, successfully appeal against her continued suspension by Ofsted. Emma was instructed by Francesca Snape at Markel Law in Manchester. The First-tier Tribunal Care Standards hearing was held in front of Tribunal Judge Ian Robertson and two specialist members, Michele Tynan and Dr David Cochran. The tribunal were taken by Emma to the Upper Tribunal decision in Ofsted v GM & WM...Continue reading
Alice de Coverley and Gabriel Adedeji act for Ofsted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
3PB’s education and public law expert Alice de Coverley acted as Junior Counsel for Ofsted, led by Sarah Hannett QC, in this major public inquiry. Gabriel Adedeji, 3PB public law and regulatory law expert, acted as disclosure counsel for Ofsted. This latest strand of this ground-breaking investigation into the school sector by IICSA lasted for over three years and had several dimensions. Its first phase focused on residential specialist music schools and residential special schools,...Continue reading
3PB Barristers have created a dedicated webpage on its website to act as a hub for the many articles, briefings and webinar and podcast recordings about lockdown laws and regulations as well as practical issues like court attendance, e-bundles, remote and hybrid hearings. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to create employment, contractual and other legal challenges which are in many ways unprecedented. The impact of the virus is being felt, and in response, 3PB have...Continue reading
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