Representing a Guardian where a child has absconded from care

Marie represented the Children’s Guardian in this case where two children had been removed from their parents’ care. However one child had repeatedly absconded, although the other had settled into foster care.

The absconding child will be assessed for competency to instruct their own Solicitor, as their viewpoint differs from the Guardian. The Local Authority will be applying for the child to enter a residential unit and therefore there will also need to be a deprivation of liberty application at the High Court.