R (on the application of A) v Leicester City Council and another
Case date: 30 July 2009
The claimant, A, was an orphan from Somalia. She arrived in the United Kingdom at the age of 16-and-a-half. Her consequent claim for asylum was rejected, as was a separate claim that she was a child. She was released to the care of the second defendant local authority, Hillingdon London Borough Council. A subsequently informed Hillingdon's social workers that she wished to live in Leicester with a family of Somalis whom she knew.
In August 2007, A went to the offices of the first defendant local authority, Leicester City Council, seeking advice. In the event, Leicester carried out an initial assessment of A, which recorded, that A was a 'child in need' and vulnerable, but that it did not need to provide her with accommodation. Thereafter, Hillingdon visited A in Leicester for the purposes of assessing her well-being and to identify the significance of her relationship with her carers.
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