“This note concerns two recent cases dealing with the negligence liability of child protection authorities, HXA v Surrey County Council and DFX v Coventry City Council. In DFX, the High Court considered and rejected claims in negligence against the defendant authority for its failure to remove the claimant children from their abusive parents. In HXA, the High Court considered appeals against decisions in two separate cases to strike out claims similar to those in DFX as disclosing no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim. In its judgment in HXA, the court drew heavily on the reasoning in DFX. Given the similarity of the subject matter in the two cases and the intertwined nature of the judgments, they are dealt with here in a single note …”
Tom Cornford, ‘Liability for failure to exercise child protection powers’ (2022) 38 Professional Negligence (2) 84-93.