Surrey County Council v AB and others

Minor – Custody. In considering a proposed agreement made between the local authority and the parents of X, who had complex health needs and was in foster care, the Family Division endorsed the agreement and invited one of the parties to issue proceedings under the court's inherent jurisdiction. The court made several observations about the authority's handling of the case, particularly in regard to unacceptable delays and failure to make adequate assessments, but recognised the authority's assurances that those would not be repeated.

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