Case Law Update 47 – AT and BT v Barnet - LAs have to provide sufficient explanation for departing from the recommendations of the First-Tier Tribunal

This is part of our case law series reviewing judgements relating to the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Each review looks at a specific case and explains the potential implications for parents, local authorities and sector practitioners. The reviews have been produced for us by Barrister Steve Broach.

This case concerned a challenge to a local authority refusal to follow a FTT recommendation regarding social care. AT has autism and severe sleep difficulties. His parents disagreed with provisions in his EHCP and appealed to the FTT, which they asked to make recommendations about the amount of social care provided under its ‘National Trial’ jurisdiction.