Judge: bespoke placements for children will be ‘considerably harder’ following unregulated provision ban

The forthcoming ban on placing children in care aged under 16 in unregulated accommodation will make it ‘considerably harder’ to find bespoke placements for young people with urgent needs.

That was the warning from a High Court judge last month as she authorised such a placement for a 15-year-old girl experiencing “significant psychological and emotional distress”, before the ban comes into force on 9 September.

Mrs Justice Knowles asked for the case to return to court in mid-September so she could consider whether the placement could continue to be authorised under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court despite the ban.

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