Practice Guidance

Deprivation of liberty of children and young people under the inherent jurisdiction

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The use of the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction to authorise the deprivation of liberty of children and young people has been growing in recent years. This includes looked-after children whose care regime amounts to a deprivation of liberty, and increasingly, cases where a secure accommodation placement is needed but no places are available. This guide explains the law and prcoesses in these cases

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