Social Workers in Scotland will be familiar with their Regulator’s statutory duty to protect the public and uphold public confidence in the profession. To do so, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) investigates concerns about workers, often holding a hearing at which it considers whether the worker’s fitness to practise is impaired and, if so, imposes sanctions on their registration (if required).
Statistics show that at least 1 in 4 people in the UK experience ill mental health (such as anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD) each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to our daily lives and it was expected that the need for mental health support would increase during the pandemic.
We’ve previously commented on Wayne Gardner Young v Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc  CSIH 25, a case where Insurers successfully defended the avoidance of a property policy due to the policyholder’s undisclosed involvement with a series of insolvent companies. A recent judgment comes to the opposite conclusion on broadly similar facts. Whilst the distinction between the two is clear, their juxtaposition provides a helpful reminder of the fine line between an all or nothing outcome.
Recent years have seen a rapid increase in non-surgical cosmetic treatments administered throughout the UK. Surprisingly, unlike cosmetic surgery, aesthetic treatments such as Botox or Dermal Fillers have been largely left for the industry to self-regulate. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments require penetration of the skin and alter the appearance of the person injected; yet there is currently no UK regulatory framework or restrictions on who can administer the injections and no requirement for the cosmetic practitioner to be covered by the appropriate level of insurance, or any at all.
The Court of Appeal have recently considered the doctrine of vicarious liability in the case of Blackpool Football Club v DSN. The claimant, who was then aged 13, had been subjected to a sexual assault by a former football scout, Frank Roper, on a football trip to New Zealand organised by Roper. The claimant sought to find Blackpool Football Club, for which Roper had performed “scouting” activities introducing young players to the Club, liable for his assaults. Mr Roper died several years prior to the proceedings.