Author Archives: Louise Goss

A Local Authority’s powers and duties to accommodate children in accordance with s20 Children Act 1989…

In the matter of Williams and another v London Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37 the Supreme Court considered the limits of a Local Authority’s powers and duties to provide accommodation for children in need (as defined by s17 CA … Read more

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S20 and the Duty to Accommodate…When is enough, enough?

The case of R (on the application of A) v Haringey LBC considers whether the Local Authority (in this case, the London Borough of Haringey) had carried out its duty under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 to provide … Read more

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Foster carer applies to Employment Tribunal for workers’ rights…

On 9 October 2017 it was reported that foster carer, Sarah Anderson has lodged an employment status and unpaid holiday claim with the Employment Tribunal against Hampshire County Council. In what could possibly be a landmark case, Ms Anderson wishes … Read more

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Disciplinary Proceedings and Psychiatric Harm

Case Name: Marsh v Ministry of Justice [2017] EWHC 1040 (QB) Legal point of interest: The common law duty of care towards employees to prevent exposure to any foreseeable risk of injury and/or psychiatric damage. 

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Section 20 – the latest….

The recently heard Court of Appeal case of London Borough of Hackney v Williams and Anor [2017] EWCA CIV 26 now permits local authorities to accommodate children under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 without parental consent, contrary to … Read more

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Seventeen year olds cannot decline section 20 accommodation if their welfare is seriously prejudiced says the Court of Appeal….

The recent case of Re W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 804 concerned a 17 year old girl who was accommodated by the Local Authority in a residential care unit in accordance with Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 … Read more

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A radicalised child will be at least a child in need says the High Court

In the recent case of A v London Borough of Enfield [2016] EWHC 567 Mr Justice Hayden declared that the London Borough of Enfield’s decision that a young person at risk of becoming radicalised was not a child in need … Read more

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