Case Law Update 7 – MM v Hounslow – Local authority assessment and planning duties in relation to disabled children

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 is an important judgment about the nature of local authority assessment and planning duties to disabled children. On the facts there was nothing unlawful about the local authority’s approach to MM’s case. However the judgment emphasises the need for detailed assessment and careful planning in cases involving children with significant levels of need.