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Child not entitled to compensation from the local auhtority because it is not a crime for a pregnant woman to drink alcohol

Published:

Re: CP (A Child) v First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) [2014] EWCA Civ 1554

A child could not claim compensation from the CICA, as a result of being born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a direct consequence of her mother’s excessive drinking while pregnant. It had been asserted that the mother was aware of the danger of harm to her baby being caused by drinking to excess. Held: a child was not entitled to compensation from the local authority because it was not a crime for a pregnant woman to drink alcohol.

Helen Mountfield QC and Elizabeth Prochaska were involved in this case.