Children In Need

  1. Section 17 (10) defines ‘children in need’ as children –
    1. who are unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by a local authority; or,
    2. whose health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of such services; or […]

“development” means physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development; and “health” means physical or mental health: s. 17(11) CA 1989.

  1. A child without suitable accommodation is a child in need: R (G) v Southwark LBC [2009] 1 W.L.R. 1299 at [28(2)]; R v Northavon ex p Smith [1994] 2 AC 402 per Lord Templeman and R (G) v Barnet [2004] 2 AC 208 per Lord Nichols at [19] and Lord Hope at [72], p.234; R (AM) v Havering London Borough Council and another [2015] EWHC 1004 (Admin) [2015] P.T.S.R. 1242 at para 33(x).