Secure accommodation and deprivation cases involving children: what do you need to know?

Recorded on: 17/12/2021

This area of public children law continues to be an incredibly difficult area, both in terms of handling very emotive cases and also keeping abreast of significant legal developments. There have been key case law and legislative changes this year, which practitioners need to be familiar with.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of confusion amongst practitioners as to how these orders work in practice. Do you know how to handle these?  The issue is compounded by a limited availability of units, and hence, the need to consider varied type of approaches to secure a child’s welfare.

This webinar will assist in understanding these orders and the approach to running such cases, whether you are acting for the applicant or the respondent. The position in both England and Wales will be considered.

The webinar will cover the following matters in particular:

  • Secure accommodation orders in children cases
  • How do the secure accommodation regulations apply?
  • What is the procedure for applying for and running a DOL application?
  • When is a restriction a deprivation of liberty, as opposed to a restriction of liberty?
  • Issues regarding consent of the child – consideration of the Supreme Court decision in Re T (A Child) 2021 UKSC 35
  • Lack of secure accommodation units and the steps/actions that can be taken – consideration of Lancashire County Council v G (No. 4) (Continuing Unavailability of Regulated Placement) 2021 EWHC 244 (Fam)
  • Representation of the child and secure criteria reviews
  • Guidance issued by the president of the family division in relation to placing a child in an unregistered children’s home
  • Care planning, placement and case review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 – what is the impact of these?
  • Placement of a looked after child under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation
  • Consideration of Tameside MBC v AM and others 2021 EWHC 2472 (Fam)


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Sole practitioner:  £80.00

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