In R (H) and others v Wandsworth, Lambeth and Islington LBC and the Department for Education and Skills  EWHC 1082 Admin
Mr Justice Holman held that local authorities were required to accommodate children in need of accommodation under Children Act 1989, s 20, so that they were entitled to the protective machinery of being looked after and also after-care services, when they became young adults. He held that it was unlawful to provide accommodation under s 17 of the Children Act 1989, in cases where children met the criteria in s 20. This case brings to an end the practice of many local authorities of accommodating child asylum-seekers, and others, under s 17, when those children meet the s 20 criteria.
Counsel for the children was Stephen Knafler of Garden Court Chambers.