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Barrett v Enfield London Borough Council [1999]


  • Barrett was taken into care at 10 months old, until he was 17 years old
  • He claimed that the council had treated him negligently, inter alia, by moving him between 6 different foster homes, resulting in significant mental injury


  • Could the council owe such a duty


  • Arguable upon evidence


  • There is no common law duty for a council to take take when taking a child into care
  • There was a duty which was also breached to take care of a child in care, this would need to be debated on the facts
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