VL (A CHILD SUING BY HER LITIGATION FRIEND, THE OFFICIAL SOLICITOR) AND OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL EWHC 2091 (QB) The Claimant was born in 1993. She was shaken as a baby by her father and suffered severe brain damage. A care order made in August 1994, as a result of which the Defendant local authority shared parental responsibility with the mother. However the social worker involved managed to achieve a situation where the family was eventually brought back together, after the father had undergone extensive psychiatric treatment. In November 1995, the Claimant’s social worker received an application form from the CICB, but had put off making the application until the process of rehabilitating the father into the family was complete. In December 1995, the Claimant’s mother’s solicitor in the care proceedings also advised the mother that a claim should be made, but the mother was reluctant to initiate a claim at that point. In January 1996, the mother changed her solicitors and her former solicitor Full report here.
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