A County Council v A [2022] EWHC 3572 (Fam)

DOL of child Owing to the national shortage of secure accommodation placements, the hospital board reluctantly agreed to continue to keep a 16-year-old girl on a mental health ward for a further week pending a further court hearing and further searches for accommodation. Although the ward was "thoroughly inappropriate", as most of the patients were adults, some with behaviours risky to the girl, it was safer than being put out into the community. It was unlikely that the court could have compelled the hospital board, given that the girl was not detainable under s3, it was "not in her best interests to be there", and that other people needed the hospital bed.


Full judgment: BAILII


Date: 15/8/22🔍

Court: High Court (Family Division)🔍



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Published: 14/3/23 21:36

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