Re C; C v Wigan Borough Council [2011] EWHC 1539 (Admin)

Judgment in related COP and Admin Court proceedings relating to an 18-year old with severe autism and severe learning disabilities living at a residential special school. Issues considered include deprivation of liberty and seclusion.

Related judgments

Re CP; WBC v CP [2012] EWHC 1944 (COP), [2012] MHLO 144


Hard on the heels of Neary v London Borough of Hillingdon (16 June 2011), another local authority has fallen foul of the Court of Protection for an unlawful deprivation of liberty, this time for a child in a special school where his care included seclusion in a padded room.

Like Re Steven Neary; LB Hillingdon v Steven Neary [2011] EWHC 1377 (COP), C v A Local Authority has lessons about deprivation of liberty, care planning and management, and involvement of families more widely.


Originally Re C; C v A Local Authority [2011] EWHC 1539 (Admin)B

External link


Browne Jacobson Solicitors, 'Padded rooms and lessons for deprivation of liberty and care planning' (20/6/11)

Alex Ruck Keene and Victoria Butler-Cole, 'Managing challenging behaviour' (Local Government Lawyer, 28/7/11)

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, 'Mother Proved Right As Son Freed From Padded Room Hell Makes Progress' (29/3/12). 'Court Anonymity Order Lifted Naming Wigan Borough Council As Local Authority Which Locked Up Her Autistic Son.'