Stabbed social worker praises union who helped her compensation fight

Claire Selwood
Claire Selwood
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A SOCIAL worker who was stabbed six times by a psychiatric patient praised the union team which supported her fight for compensation.

The commitment of UNISON was praised by mother of three Claire Selwood who was stabbed by Graham Burton, 45, at a school in County Durham. Burton admitted attempted murder and was later jailed indefinitely.

Ms Selwood sued Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust as they had failed to warn her that Burton stated that he wanted to kill her two days before he was discharged from the then Cherry Knowle Hospital.

The trusts involved eventually settled out of court with Ms Selwood.

Ms Selwood said the attack eventually “deprived me of a career I loved”. She added: “There were times when I felt very low, and it was thanks to UNISON that I 
have managed to finally get a 
legal settlement after all these years and now feel able to move on with my life”.