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Re TF (A Child: Guardianship) – JF v LB Hackney

Author / Contributor: Kris Gledhill
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Re TF (A Child: Guardianship) – JF v LB Hackney
   
Issue: Whether the desire of a 17 year old with the mental age of a 5–8 year old to return to her parents, with a consequent risk of neglect and exposure to danger, was “seriously irresponsible conduct” for the purposes of the definition of “mental impairment” within the Mental Health Act 1983; whether the local authority should have used the wardship jurisdiction of the High Court rather than seeking guardianship under s7 Mental Health Act 1983; whether the child’s nearest relative’s objection to the use of guardianship was unreasonable for the purposes of s29 of the Act.
   
Court: Court of Appeal
   
Reference:   CCFMI 99/0682/2
   
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Judge(s): Evans, Thorpe and Mummery LJJ
   
Date: 30 September 1999