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Wollens partner Rachel Carter who specialises in assisting parents accused of harming their children, acted for the family in a case reported in yesterday’s Sunday Times (May 16th 2021). Rachel said the case was far from isolated. In the past year she has concluded 22 cases involving parents accused of physically harming a child. Rachel tells the Sunday Times that she has had numerous cases dismissed on the basis that there was no fracture. The Sunday Times is asking for justice for families as the number of spurious inquiries rises. In the article one mother tells of her suicidal despair at seeing her child removed.

Rachel is part of the family team here at Wollens and has worked almost exclusively in complex care proceedings and non-accidental injury for many years.

Having joined Wollens in 2021 Rachel focusses her work on the representation of parents. Parents Accused www.parentsaccused.co.uk is a specialist website which highlights the work that Rachel is dealing with and offers support to parents.

 

 

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Rachel Carter – Partner and Childcare lawyer at Wollens 

Rachel acts for parents and carers with complex proceedings which involve allegations of physical abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, fractures, bruises, factitious illness, etc. She works with clients all over the country (from Cornwall to Newcastle) and represents people in all courts including the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Rachel is a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children’s Panel which means she is accredited to represent children (often via a guardian).

 

If you need advice or support you can contact Rachel through Parents Accused or here 

The Sunday Times is reporting on cases whereby parents have been accused of causing harm to their babies.