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A new ruling in the Court of Appeal has attempted to stop child abuse survivors from filing law suits against councils who knew at the time about the abuse but did nothing to stop it.
The ruling has understandably caused enormous distress to survivors who have already lodged claims against local authorities, and those hoping to do so.
Whilst the judgment does not appear to have been made public, what has been made available suggests there is more to the decision than is being reported.
The judgment seeks to prevent claims from survivors who were known to be suffering but did not find themselves in full time state care, or subject to a care order of any kind. Potentially affected victims in this context then, could include those groomed by gangs or physically and sexually abused at home.
The judges in the case have clearly decided to draw a line in…
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