Educational Negligence

12 January 2018

What is educational negligence?

Educational Negligence
  • Teachers, educational psychologists and speech and language therapists are all examples of professionals who provide educational services which a child may need in order to reach their full potential
  • They have a professional duty to provide services which identify and meet a child’s needs
  • A case for negligence might arise where there has been a failure to identify and provide for a child with special educational needs
  • To prove negligence, it must be established that the professional who has a duty of care has failed to exercise the degree of care and skill expected of someone who is competent in their profession
  • The other factor which must be proven is the loss or damage to the child – this can mean that where a child’s level of achievement is reduced, compensation might be awarded for a future loss of employment and wages
  • Children have until 3 years after their 18th birthday to pursue educational negligence claims

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WHETHER THE PROVISION OF EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILD HAS MET THE REQUISITE STANDARD, PLEASE CONTACT WORTHINGTONS SOLICITORS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICE ON 02890 434 015

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