Secure Accommodation and Deprivation of Liberty Cases

Secure Accommodation and Deprivation of Liberty Cases

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Course Overview

This bite-size session will consider the use of secure accommodation, an often-overlooked area of children law which can be easily misunderstood by practitioners who do not deal with such matters on a regular basis.

Solicitor and experienced lecturer Safda Mahmood will examine the way in which secure accommodation applications operate in practice and how they link to the position with care proceedings and to deprivation of liberty cases.

With reference to the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 and Children and Social Work Act 2017, Safda will discuss the circumstances in which secure accommodation may be necessary and how this is dependent upon the age of the child.

In addition, Safda will consider the following issues and developing case law in this area, with particular focus on the use of the High Court Inherent Jurisdiction Route:

·         Secure Criteria Reviews 

·         Can a general secure accommodation order can be granted?

·         What to do if a secure placement cannot be found.

·         Re A (A Child) 2015 EWHC 1709 (Fam)

·         LB of Southwark v F 2017 EWHC 2189

·         Re D (A Child) 2017 EWCA Civ 1695

·         Re A – F (Children) EWHC 138 (Fam)

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 - 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be familiar with important secure accommodation and deprivation of liberty case law
  • • Be aware of the key issues to watch out for when dealing with secure cases
  • • Have received practical guidance on how to make secure accommodation applications
  • • Appreciate the connection between secure accommodation and deprivation cases

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for children law practitioners of all levels



About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
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  • Quiz