Child brain injury trust
Moore Blatch is pleased to have been chosen by the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) as a partner in their new Legal Support Service launched in March 2015.
We have considerable experience, assisting children and their families gain access to the support they need, following a brain injury diagnosis and have worked closely with CBIT for a number of years.
Supporting children and their families following a brain injury diagnosis, the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT), formally launched a new Legal Support Service and appointed Moore Blatch solicitors as its partner organisation across the South. The service which launched in March 2015 replaces the legal directory which the organisation previously operated and helps to part fund the Child and Family Support service which CBIT runs to help families.
Moore Blatch senior partner, Damian Horan comments: “For many parents, learning that their child has sustained a brain injury can be an incredibly daunting time; the new service will work together with CBIT’s Child and Family Support Workers to ensure that families have the practical advice and support they need, which will also now include access to a wide range of legal services, regardless of whether a child has a legal case or not.”
Under the new procedure, Moore Blatch will support and advise families across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.
The development of the service means that for the first time across the UK all families will have the ability to access the same level of care and support. The pioneering Child Family Support service will work directly with children once they are admitted into hospital and continue to support families as they transition through life after a brain injury.
CBIT head of fundraising, Rachel Ritter comments: “Following a brain injury diagnosis, families will often face many challenges and they will require specialist, dedicated support. Unfortunately access to the Child Family Support service has previously been determined by funding that the charity has been able to secure in a given area. This has sometimes meant that the support provided across the UK has been fragmented and has led to certain areas having no provision, despite there being many families desperately in need of support.
“We are very pleased to be able to expand the service and offer more families the support they need.”
Wales, the South West of England, the South Coast and the Midlands were areas across the UK identified as needing dedicated Child Family Support Workers by CBIT.
Under the new service, CBIT will formally recruit Family Support Workers specifically for these areas. In the South, there are plans to recruit a Family Support Worker, who will be based in the Southampton area and will work in conjunction with Moore Blatch to support families across the region. In total the South will have two support workers; the other is based in Oxfordshire and has an honorary contract with John Radcliffe Hospital, supporting approximately 70 families a year.