Unrelated adults and unaccompanied children: obligations, risks and responsibilities

Bridgeman, Jo (2013) Unrelated adults and unaccompanied children: obligations, risks and responsibilities. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 25 (2). pp. 159-180. ISSN 1358-8184

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This article considers recent claims for compensatory damages brought on behalf of children against the occupiers of premises upon which they have sustained severe injuries. It identifies a shift within the case law from analysis of the steps required to take reasonable care to protect the child from harm to the allocation of responsibility for the injuries to the chosen act of the child. These developments are consistent with the trend in which children have increasingly been seen as the responsibility of their parents; responsibilities for the safety of unaccompanied children must not be imposed upon unrelated adults. The implications of the individualisation of responsibility are particularly problematic in circumstances where children may lack information, knowledge or experience about risks. This article argues that the law must enforce the duty to take reasonable care to protect children from harm recognising their particular needs as they develop their independence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KD0051 England and Wales
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Depositing User: Jo Bridgeman
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 09:47
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:03
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22411

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