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Case Update: Re S (Child in Care: Unregistered Placement) [2020] EWHC 1012 (Fam)29.04.20

Ashley Lord appears for the Local Authority in the case of Re S (Child in Care: Unregistered Placement) [2020] EWHC 1012 (Fam).

Re S (Child in Care: Unregistered Placement): Samantha’s Story

by Ashley Lord, 29 April 2020

This case is about Samantha. Of course, Samantha is not her real name, but I assure you Samantha is very much a real person.

Not only is Samantha a person, she is an extremely vulnerable 15-year-old girl who has had a troubled background and, consequently, has highly complex needs. Re S (Child in Care: Unregistered Placement) [2020] EWHC 1012 (Fam) is Samantha’s story as told by Cobb J – by “story”, of course what I mean, very sadly, is Samantha’s life, particularly over the last 12 months. What perhaps should cause even more concern to us all, is that Samantha’s story is by no means rare.

Ordinarily, in cases that I have appeared in that subsequently see a judgment published, I would summarise the content of the judgment – not this time. This is not about self-publicity and it is not about guidance, clarification or a change in the law. This is about a young girl, a young girl who has a story that needs to be heard; summarising that story here would, in my view, only serve to detract from it. Samantha’s story is in the link below – I urge you to read it and I urge you to share it.

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2020/1012.pdf