High court victory for respite care families

Families who use Nascot Lawn respite care centre are celebrating as a High Court judge rules that plans to withdraw funding to the centre were unlawful.

Earlier this month I went along to the High Court to support families who were challenging the decision around the closure of a respite centre they used. I was representing The Children’s Trust, along with other member organisations of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP). And I was so thrilled to hear the outcome on Wednesday (21 February). The High Court Judge has ruled that plans to withdraw funding to the Nascot Lawn respite centre were unlawful. In his judgement, Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that health bosses had acted unlawfully when they failed to consult with Hertfordshire County Council regarding their plans. This is a great victory for all families who access respite and short break services. It clarifies that these services are an essential health service, which require funding. Many children with disabilities and their families use short break services around the UK. They support the health and wellbeing of the families and children who use them, help families stay together, and can help prevent families from reaching a crisis. However, despite this week’s ruling, short breaks services still continue to be under threat across the country. The Disabled Children’s Partnership, a coalition of over 50 charities, is calling for a review of funding and legal duties around short breaks. Find out more about the Disabled Children's Partnership.
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