Not in need enough? The use of eligibility criteria in service provision under the Children Act

Date: Thursday 19 July 2012

Time: 18:30 to 20:00

Location: London Office

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Martin Westgate QC, Dan Roseburg, Maxwell Gillott Solicitors

CPD: 1.5 Points

Fee: Free

Eligibility criteria are a widely used device in relation to adult social care, but their use in relation to children is more controversial. Lord Laming expressed the view in the Victoria Climbie inquiry report that the use of eligibility criteria "to restrict access to services is not found either in legislation or in guidance, and its ill-founded application is not something I support."

However eligibility criteria for section 17 Children Act 1989 assessments and services are becoming more common. This seminar will examine the basis for such criteria; whether, and, if so, when, they can be lawfully used; and ways in which they can be challenged by claimants, children and families, and NGOs.

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