R (J) v Worcestershire CC (EHRC intervening) [2015] 1 WLR 2825 [2014] EWCA

The Court of Appeal decided that the provision of services for a child in need from a local authority can "travel" with the child and need not be passed to another local authority to provide if the child moves.

This is an important judgment confirming the powers given to local authorities to assist children in need inside and outside of their areas. The decision will help to ensure that assessments by local authorities of children’s needs for services take account of cultural factors affecting Gypsies and Travellers. The case has the potential to assist the many children in need who move between areas for whatever reason – not just children from Gypsy and Traveller communities.


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