Children’s homes, approved schools and institutions are places designed to care for and look after some of the most vulnerable members of society. Children are placed at these homes for many reasons, but often come from troubled backgrounds and need support and guidance that has been missing in their family life. There is a duty on the home and their employees to care for and protect the child and ensure that there is a safe and supportive environment for them.
In today’s society, we hear too often that staff members at such homes have failed to provide the care and protection for these children and used their position of trust to abuse children in their care. In such child abuse cases, those responsible for the operation of the home can be held liable.