Mr Justice Mostyn sitting on the last day before the Christmas vacation has just decided that Steven Neary shall be returned to his Father permanently in time for Christmas.
Steven, a 20 year old autistic man, has been deprived of his liberty for exactly a year, without charge, without evidence of mental illness; but after a spirited campaign by his devoted Father and represented by the excellent Amanda Weston of Tooks Chambers, common sense has prevailed.
In the opinion of the Official Solicitor, the application for a welfare deputyship made by Hillingdon Council, which would have allowed them to continue to ‘act in Steven’s best interests’ by preventing him returning to his home, was made purely and simply because Steven’s father had objected to being parted from his son.
Trinity Noir remain as suppliers of Steven’s care package and Hillingdon council will continue to be liable for their fees.
This young man has been deprived of his liberty for a full year. He won’t get any compensation. It is a total disgrace that this situation has taken a year to resolve, but the outcome will be heartening to many other families threatened with similar action by their local authority.
I will post a full report – when everyone has calmed down and done all their celebrating…..!
Thank-you to the incredible 2101 of you who re-tweeted the oringal post and alerted so many people to sign the petition. It all helped. You each have a small stake in this happy outcome.