Care proceedings were commenced in respect of two children. The court directed the local authority to carry out an assessment which would require in effect the full time attention of a social worker, the child having been taken into care. The authority replied that it would undertake the assessment but that there would be a delay until a certain date because of a lack of resources. The court then made a further order which repeated the order for an assessment and specified that it should be provided by a certain date, a date which was before the date promised by the authority. The authority appealed.
Held: The court order stood. Provided only that the court had considered and taken proper account of the information on the authority’s resources, and it was not manifestly wrong, there was no scope to vary the order.
 1 FLR 569,  2 WLR 475
England and Wales
Children, Local Government, Magistrates
Updated: 17 May 2022; Ref: scu.228012