Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC appointed to pool of national reviewers on child safeguarding
Today, it has been announced that Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC has been selected by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to join its pool of national reviewers. The pool assists the panel when they undertake national reviews regarding child safeguarding. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel was established under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and it has the power to commission reviews of serious child safeguarding cases and to work with local safeguarding partners to improve learning and professional practice arising from such cases.
One of Caoilfhionn’s areas of specialism is child safeguarding and child welfare. She has extensive experience advising upon and acting in cases concerning obligations under the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 (for children, care leavers, the Official Solicitor, the Children’s Commissioner and other bodies); acting for interested persons and media organisations in inquests following the deaths of children in contentious circumstances, including deaths in custody and mental health settings; bringing strategic challenges concerning children’s rights in a wide range of contexts, including cases regarding welfare cuts and child poverty and police custody conditions; and acting as a specialist consultant for the United Nations concerning international standards (including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and their applicability to child soldiers and children detained by Boko Haram.