February 25, 2018

Why Schools Lose Lawsuits Over Bullying
An Education Expert Weighs In on Student Injury, Negligence and School Liability
What Schools Can Learn From the Verdicts of Jerry Sandusky and Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn
Sexual Abuse in School: Is the Situation What It Seems?

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Managing the Risk to Prevent Injury and Student Death

When risk is managed, injury, student death, and resulting litigation are less likely to occur. All too frequently, it is only after a tragedy that officials look back and ask, “How could this have been avoided?” Risk management is a far-reaching topic, but when focused on the professional standard of care in educational and other child and youth-serving organizations, it comes down to protecting the safety of participants in the care and custody of a school or other organization. Cases involving allegations of mismanagement, negligent supervision, failure to inspect equipment or premises, and other topics for which we provide forensic consultation and expert witness services are reviewed from the primary standard of care in the industry — protecting children from harm. This standard is accepted in the United States and Canada alike. An identified risk can unnecessarily place a child … [Read More...]

Professional Standard of Care in Past Cases of Child Sexual Abuse in Public and Private Schools

Standard of care is a general expression of what constitutes care in professions such as medicine, nursing, education, or child care administration. In schools and other agencies responsible for the care and supervision of children, the professional standard of care is the ethical or legal responsibility of a professional to exercise the level of care, diligence, and skill that other professionals in the same discipline would apply in the same or similar circumstances. This, coupled with statutory requirements and case law, defines the care that an educational professional is responsible for providing to children which includes protection from child sexual abuse. In the field of education administration and supervision, as in most professions, the standard of care changes over time. The standard regarding what constitutes sexual harassment and child sexual abuse has evolved over … [Read More...]