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Abuse in Foster Care and Potential Liability for Local Authorities: Can liability be imposed through vicarious liability or a non-delegable duty?

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dc.contributor.author Overall, Linda
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-25T23:25:58Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T21:30:27Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-25T23:25:58Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T21:30:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20231
dc.description.abstract In NA v Nottinghamshire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1139 the claimant attempted to sue the Nottinghamshire local authority through vicarious liability or alternatively non-delegable duties for the abuse she suffered at the hands of foster parents in two separate homes that she was placed in. This paper analyses the NA decision which rejected local authority liability under either claim. The article attempts to delineate an understanding of both doctrines, which remain contested within the judicial and academic communities. Through this understanding, and analysis of case law attempting to set down methodology and form within both doctrines, the article will show that recent decisions in both areas have followed instrumentalist reasoning rather than being based on principle. In an age where claims of abuse within foster care are likely to become more prevalent these questions need to be analysed and considered carefully in order to preserve the integrity of both private law doctrines, as well as to provide reasonable and justifiable precedent for future claims and claimants. The author argues that the better theory is that liability should have been imposed on the local authority under the non-delegable duty claim which works both in principle and in policy. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Vicarious liability en_NZ
dc.subject Non-delegable duty en_NZ
dc.subject Foster care en_NZ
dc.subject Abuse en_NZ
dc.title Abuse in Foster Care and Potential Liability for Local Authorities: Can liability be imposed through vicarious liability or a non-delegable duty? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180102 Access to Justice en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180104 Civil Law and Procedure en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180114 Human Rights Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180119 Law and Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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