Secrecy lifted on care proceedings

As reported on Mediabeak - the father of an autistic boy has been battling with Hillingdon council to be allowed to care for him at home. Previously such cases would be shrouded behind closed doors and not subject to the scrutiny they need.

In delivering his decision today Mr Justice Jackson allowed the collective media's application to attend the court proceedings and identify those involved.

Normally those connected with the proceedings would be granted anonymity but - in what may be the first reported case in relation to this - the judge agreed that It is thought to be the first time that a judge in the Court of Protection has agreed at the start of a media application relating to reporting a case that all the parties could be identified.

The council had been battling against the now identified Mark Neary and his bid to be allowed to care for his autistic son Steven (aged 20).

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