Representing an intervener with historic allegations of sexual abuse

Marie represented an Intervener in care proceedings who was in a relationship with the subject child’s Mother. The issue for the court to determine was what sexual risk, if any, he posed to the subject child.

Serious allegations of sexual abuse were made about him by the Local Authority, in relation to events in the past with other children, some dating back several years. Her client accepted one of the historic allegations, but not others.

A fact–finding hearing was listed to determine whether the Schedule of allegations upon which the Local Authority sought findings are proved or not.

Marie represented her client during a fact finding hearing over a number of days, following which the court found the allegations not proved. The Judge ordered an independent risk assessment of sexual risk in relation to the historic allegation he had admitted, and which had previously been dealt with by the criminal courts.

The case will progress to an IRH after the risk assessment has been completed.