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Electronic devices: practical application of Manchester v CP principles one year on

Date:12 FEB 2024
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Navpreeth Gihair, St John’s Buildings

The article reflects on the practical implications of the Manchester City Council v CP and Others [2023] EWHC 133 (Fam), which addressed whether restrictions on the use or possession of electronic devices is a deprivation of liberty. The case involved a 16-year-old with ADHD under a Care Order. The court determined that restricting the use of electronic devices did not amount to a deprivation of liberty but fell within the realm of parental responsibility. The author explores the legal framework, emphasising the distinction between deprivation of liberty and the exercise of parental responsibility. The article offers guidance for local authorities, outlining the need for court approval in extreme cases involving forceful removal of devices. Overall, the article provides insights into the evolving legal landscape regarding electronic device restrictions for individuals under Deprivation of Liberty Orders.



The full article has published in the February issue of Family Law



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