Shaken Baby Syndrome


My name is Rachel Carter and I act for parents and carers within complex care proceedings which involve allegations of physical abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, fractures, bruises, factitious illness, etc. I am a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children’s Panel.

The parents I work with often tell me it’s a real struggle to find reliable information in one place about being accused of physical abuse, how care proceedings work and what they should be looking for when choosing a solicitor to represent them.

Being accused of non-accidental injury kick starts an incredibly daunting legal process; I hope that by sharing my experiences with you I can help make the process clearer and easier to understand.

I represent parents and carers all over England and Wales who have been accused of injuring a child.  This work covers all levels of court, from the County Court and High Court to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  This area of law and medicine changes regularly and swiftly; many of the cases that I have been involved in have paved the way in this ever advancing area.  Click here to find out more about NAI.


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If social services are accusing you of physically harming your child, you will likely be eligible for legal aid.