Family of severely autistic teenager wins three-year legal battle against council

The family of a severely autistic teenager has won a High Court appeal to force East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide support for him once he turns 18.

The judgement has helped clarify the law underlining that councils must not refuse to provide support for some disabled children once they turn 18.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has severe autism and severe hyperactivity disorder. East Riding of Yorkshire Council had claimed that because he lived in a specialist residential school funded by the education department of the council, he was not deemed to be “looked after”, meaning he would not be eligible to the same support he would have been if he had been in the care system.

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