Our Public Law & Human Rights solicitors have helped a woman, Lisa, challenge a local authority’s decision about the care of her daughter, Rachel. This meant that Rachel could return to her family home after spending a long time in a supported living placement.
Rachel has severe learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and behavioural problems. She needs 24/7 care and attention. Before going into supported living, she lived with Lisa at their family home.
Lisa wanted her daughter to come home.
Each time Lisa would visit her daughter, Rachel would believe she was going home and would say goodbye to the staff at the care facility.
Lisa felt her daughter was increasingly distressed from being away and clearly wanted to come home.
However, the local authority believed that Rachel needed to stay in a supported living placement where she would receive 24 hour care.
The LA applied to the Court of Protection to decide on Rachel’s long-term placement and care arrangements.
Lisa contacted our Public Law & Human Rights lawyers and asked us to help.
How We Helped
Our solicitors represented Lisa at all court hearings and ‘best interests’ meetings. They helped with witness statements and spoke with Rachel’s carers to get updates on the care being given to her.
They gathered expert evidence in Rachel’s case and an Independent Social Worker commented on Rachel’s best interests.
By September 2018, we’d succeeded in changing the LA’s mind and they agreed it was better for Rachel to return home. The agreement included a care package for Rachel, carried out by Lisa and visiting carers.
Eleven months later, Lisa tells us that Rachel is happy living back at the family home with the court approved care plan.
If you’re involved in a dispute about a vulnerable person’s care or living arrangements, our Public Law & Human Rights solicitors may be able to help you too. See our Community Care Solicitors page for more information.
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