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Children taken into care with suspected non-accidental injuries

The BBC Panorama programme on 13 January featured parents whose children had been removed from their care by social services because of injuries which were considered to be non-accidental – in other words to have been deliberately inflicted.
The children were then found to have vitamin D deficiency which can cause weakened bones. The programme presented the case that the children were therefore more likely to be injured by normal day to day activities and that the fractures were not evidence of physical abuse, and so the children should not have been removed from their families. If a child has suspected non-accidental fractures specialist medical experts will be ordered to prepare  reports for the court about the ‘injuries’ and any medical conditions which the child has and which makes them more likely to suffer injuries from day to day activities; including vitamin D and other deficiencies.The medical evidence is crucial and often complex and the right legal advice and independent medical experts are essential. Lawyers who are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel are recognised as having this expertise.  Solicitors Kay Marriott and Charlotte Bradbury are both accredited specialists and each has over 10 years’ experience of acting for parents in these situations.  They are committed to advising and representing parents when social services are involved with their families.

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