FOIL Update – Poole Borough Council

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This appeal was concerned with the liability of the defendant/respondent for what was alleged to have been a negligent failure to exercise its social services functions so as to protect children from harm caused by third parties (neighbours who were known by the defendant to be disruptive). The principal question of law which it raised was whether a local authority or its employees might owe a common law duty of care to children affected by the manner in which it exercised or failed to exercise those functions, and if so, in what circumstances.


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