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Community care

Members of the community care team edit the Community Care Law Reports and have been involved in virtually every test case in the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords relating to duties under s 17 of the Children Act 1989 and under s 21 National Assistance Act 1948. We advise in relation to community care and asylum support for persons from abroad on a daily basis.

Over the past year, we have advised extensively across the whole spectrum of community care. This has included the closure of residential care homes and hospitals, charging issues, local authority funding and grant issues, human rights and community care, disputes between social services authorities and health authorities, the formulation of local authority policy and eligibility criteria, executive arrangements and community care, Fair Access to Care Services and Fairer Charging Policies for Home Care, the registration of adult and children’s homes under the Standards Act 2000 and issues arising out of the Health and Social Care Act 2001, the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 and the Children Leaving Care Act 2000.

Members of the team have launched this new free website for updates and practice notes on adult care, children’s care, incapacity, education, welfare benefits, migrants, equality, health care, mental health, housing and international law.

Social Welfare Law Website

The social welfare law website covers adult care, children, incapacity, education, welfare benefits, migrants, equality, health care, mental health, housing and international law, all from a community care and social welfare law perspective.

The authors will publish case law and other updates in the “Update in Progress” box, as close as we can to when they happen. The Update in Progress box can be browsed at will. At the end of every month, the completed update, covering the full range of topics on the site, is emailed out for free to registered users. Older material is available in fully searchable archives, topic by topic. The authors also publish more substantial practice notes on topical points of interest and users are able to leave comments on the site. The authors hope this will encourage productive discussion in each of the areas of law and will be a valuable resource for all practitioners in social welfare law.

Community Care Clerks

If you would like more information about our Community Care team email the clerks 
or call us on 020 7993 7600.