*Williams and another v London Borough of Hackney

Local authority – Statutory powers. The appellant parents' appeal against the dismissal of their claim by the Court of Appeal failed. They had contended that the accommodation of their children under the Children Act 1989 had constituted a breach of their human rights under art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, once the period of 72 hours' accommodation specified under s 46 of the Act had passed. The Supreme Court held that, the parents not having objected or unequivocally requested the children's immediate return, there had been a lawful basis for the children's continued accommodation. That meant that the ground on which the judge had held their accommodation to have been in breach of the parents' art 8 rights had not been made out.

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