A social services boss has apologised after a High Court judge ruled that a local authority unlawfully detained a 21-year-old autistic man by keeping him in a care unit fosocr nearly a year.
Linda Sanders, director of social care at the London Borough of Hillingdon, accepted that Steven Neary and his father Mark, 52, had both been "let down".
Mark Neary, of Uxbridge, north west London, wept after Mr Justice Peter Jackson concluded that the council had breached Steven Neary's human rights by keeping him away from home.
The 52-year-old described the ruling as "fantastic" and praised journalists who had highlighted his son's case.
My comment: We shouldn't have to rely on the press, where were the watchdogs, where was the scrutiny, where was their monitoring officer and why has nobody been sacked?
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