Autistic girl in 14-month care ordeal.
Byline: LAURA ELVIN
A JUDGE has slammed a council that unlawfully put an autistic teenager into care for more than a year and banned her mum and dad from seeing her alone.
The parents of the girl, 19 - known only as P - put her into respite care with Somerset county council for two weeks last year while they went on holiday. They told staff that she had recently hurt herself.
But staff decided her injury had been caused by "someone or something other then herself" and put her into full-time care.
Her parents were banned from unsupervised contact with her and then had to battle for 14 months for her release.
Judge Nicholas Marston at the Court of Protection ruled the council had unlawfully deprived P of her liberty and said the lack of a "proper investigation" showed a "systematic failure".
Lawyers for the family said it was "one of the most serious cases of the deprivation of liberty" ever seen by a court.
P is now "settling in well" back at the family home in Yeovil, Somerset, a family spokesman said.