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This two part podcast series is aimed at practitioners interested in the obligations on Local Authorities to provide care for teenage children.

Part One will consider Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, the extent to which Children’s Services are responsible for housing teenagers, how to identify a ‘looked after’ teenager, and how Local Authorities have sought to limit support for children and families under this provision.

Part Two will continue to consider cases in which Local Authorities have managed to escape responsibility under section 20 before going on to consider cases in which the courts have taken a Local Authority’s actions as having being exercised pursuant to section 20 Children Act 1989. It will then look at recent legislative developments in this area before looking at Local Authority responsibilities towards older teenagers.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be familiar with the relevant legal framework governing Local Authorities obligations relating to the care of teenage children;
  • Be able to identify the issues that tend to arise in judicial review proceedings on the topic;
  • Know whether a Local Authority can be compelled to provide s.20 Accommodation;
  • Be able to determine when s.20 has been triggered;
  • Know whether a Local Authority can sidestep its duties under s.20;
  • Know how the courts have approached Local Authorities that have attempted to escape the consequences of a section 20 placement;
  • Be aware of the recent legislative changes to the area and the questions that arise in the context of this new legislation;
  • Understand Local Authorities responsibilities for older children if they are still being looked after when they reach 16 or 17 years old.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Children Act 1989;
  • Collins v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council [2008] EWHC 2551 (Admin) [2009] 1 FLR 493;
  • GC v LD [2009] EWHC 1942 (Fam);
  • H v Wandsworth London Borough Council [2007] EWHC 1082 (Admin) (2007) 10 CCLR 441;
  • London Borough of Southwark v D [2007] EWCA Civ 1182, [2007] 1 FLR 2181;
  • R (A) v Coventry City Council [2009] EWHC 34 (Admin);
  • R (AH) v Cornwall Council [2010] EWHC 3192 (Admin);
  • R (C & another) v Nottingham City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 790;
  • R (L) v Nottinghamshire County Council [2007] EWHC 2364 (Admin);
  • R (Liverpool City Council) v Hillingdon London Borough Council and AK [2009] EWCA Civ 43, [2009] 1 FLR 1536;
  • R (M) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC [2008] UKHL 14, [2008] 1 WLR 535, [2008] 1 FLR 1384;
  • R (on the application of M) v Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council [2006] EWCA Civ 221;
  • R (on the application of M) v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2006] EWCA Civ 917; [2007] HLR 54;
  • R (on the application of MM) v Lewisham London Borough Council [2009] EWHC 416 (Admin);
  • R (on the application of S) v Sutton London Borough Council) [2007] EWHC 1196 (Admin);
  • R (S) v Sutton London Borough Council [2007] EWCA Civ 790;
  • R (SO) v London Borough of Barking and Dagenham [2011] 1 FLR 734;
  • R v L, D County Council & N County Council (Lawtel, 5th February 2010);
  • R(A) v Lambeth London Borough Council [2010] EWHC 1652;
  • R(FL) v Lambeth LBC [2010] EWHC 49 (Admin);
  • R(G) v Southwark London Borough Council [2009] 2 FLR 380;
  • R(M) v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council [2008] 1 FLR 1384;
  • R(TG) v Lambeth London Borough Council [2010] EWHC 907;
  • Re C (Care Order: Appropriate Local Authority) [1997] 1 FLR 644;
  • Re H (a Child) (Care Order: Appropriate Local Authority) [2004] 1 FLR 534.

In this two part CPDcast series Leslie Samuels QC from 3 Pump Court Chambers discusses Local Authority responsibilities toward teenage children.

Podcast added: 06/09/11

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