Various Claimants v The Catholic Child Welfare Society and Others: CA 26 Oct 2010

Child sexual abuse was alleged by 150 claimants against staff members of a community home with teachers supplied by the defendants. The court had asked whether they had vicarious liability for the acts of their staff, and now whether the board of trustees of the school itself had liability, and whether in the transfer to them under statute, they had liability for claims under the earlier ‘approved school’ (1933 Act) regime.
Held: The transfer was effective to transfer the liabilities even if their nature and extent was not then forseeable. The appeal failed.
Pill, Hughes, Tomlinson LJJ
[2010] EWCA Civ 1106
Children Act 1908, Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Children and Young Persons Act 1969
England and Wales
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Law of vicarious liability is on the move
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Updated: 28 February 2021; Ref: scu.425554