A, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Croydon: CA 18 Dec 2008

The court declined appeals against findings that local authorities through social workers could properly assess whether the claimants were under eighteen and entitled, though asylum seekers, to housing provision and support under the 1989 Act.


Ward, maurice Kay LJJ, Sir John Chadwick


[2008] EWCA Civ 1445, [2009] PTSR 1011, [2009] ACD 17, [2009] LGR 24, [2009] Fam Law 290, [2009] 1 FLR 1325, [2009] BLGR 24, [2009] 1 FCR 317




Children Act 1989 20(1)


England and Wales


Appeal fromM and Another, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Lambeth and others Admn 20-Jun-2008
The claimant had arrived from Afhganistan and sought asylum and accomodation as a child. The social worker involved assessed him to be an adult.
Held: The decision was within the duties of the local authorities. . .
CitedM, Regina (on the Application of) v Gateshead Council CA 14-Mar-2006
The applicant had left care, but still received assistance. She was arrested and the police asked the attending social worker to arrange secure accommodation overnight. The respondent refused. The court was asked what duty (if any) is owed by local . .

Cited by:

Appeal fromA, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Croydon SC 26-Nov-2009
The applicants sought asylum, and, saying that they were children under eighteen, sought also the assistance of the local authority. Social workers judged them to be over eighteen and assistance was declined.
Held: The claimants’ appeals . .
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Immigration, Children, Human Rights

Updated: 22 July 2022; Ref: scu.279991