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January 26, 2021 Age assessments under the Children Act 1989 (HJ (by her litigation friend) v Croydon LBC)

Tony Harrop-Griffiths reviews this High Court case in which he represented Croydon LBC. The case considered whether a local authority has to assess a person’s needs under the Children Act 1989 when another local authority has found them to be an adult. This case raised issues about which authority should be responsible for the age and needs assessment process (and for providing any support in the meantime) when the person concerned has moved from one authority’s area to another.