Local authority ordered to support young care leaver

10 May 2018

Felicity Williams

Garden Court’s Felicity Williams was instructed by Eleanor Ronson at GT Stewart.

The claimant succeeded in his challenge to the failure by the London Borough of Brent to recognise him as a “former relevant child” under the Children Act 1989. A former relevant child is entitled to support for vulnerable care leavers including help with accommodation, education and planning the transition to adulthood. The Court found that the local authority held responsibility for the care arrangements for the claimant, it did not follow the required procedures for ceasing care and its assessment of the suitability of the claimant’s accommodation was unreasonable. There is strong criticism of the local authority’s failure to comply with disclosure duties. As a result, the London Borough of Brent is undertaking a review of procedures for ensuring effective and timely disclosure in judicial review cases involving Children and Young People’s Services and Adult Social Care.

Please see also the undertakings made by London Borough of Brent in respect of disclosure in cases concerning Children and Young People’s Services and Adult Social Care.

Read the full judgment: KI v Brent LBC [2018] EWHC 1068 (Admin) CO/5942/2017