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Lancashire CC v G (No3)(Continuing Unavailability of Secure Accommodation) [2020] EWHC 3280 (Fam)

Date:10 DEC 2020
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(Family Division, MacDonald J, 2 December 2020)

Public law children - Secure AccommodationLack of suitable placement – 16-year-old placed in unregulated secure placement – Whether court should continue to authorise deprivation of liberty

The judge authorised the 16-year-old girl’s continued deprivation of liberty at an unregulated secure placement.

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Neutral Citation Number: [2020] EWHC 3280 (Fam)

Case No: PR20C01113/PR20C000547



Sitting Remotely

Date: 2 December 2020



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A local authority

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First Respondent
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Second Respondent

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Ms Louise Boardman (instructed by [a local authority]) for the Applicant
Mr Michael Jones (instructed by Roland Robinson and Fenton) for the First Respondent
The Second Respondent did not appear and was not represented

Hearing dates: 27 November 2020

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Approved Judgment

I direct that no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic. Covid-19 Protocol: This judgment was handed down remotely by circulation to the parties' representatives by email.  The date and time for hand-down is deemed to be at 10.30am on 2 December 2020.



This judgment was delivered in private. The Judge has given permission for this anonymised version of the judgment (and any of the facts and matters contained in it) to be published on condition always that the names and the addresses of the parties and the children must not be published.  For the avoidance of doubt, the strict prohibition on publishing the names and addresses of the parties and the children will continue to apply where that information has been obtained by using the contents of this judgment to discover information already in the public domain. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that these conditions are strictly complied with.  Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

Judgment: Lancashire CC v G (No3)(Continuing Unavailability of Secure Accommodation) [2020] EWHC 3280 (Fam)

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