Father wins right to care for autistic son at home


A father from north-west London has won a court battle to care for his severely autistic son at home.

Mark Neary launched a legal campaign to get his son Steven, 20, returned home so that he could look after him.

Steven was put voluntarily into respite care in December 2009 when his father fell ill with flu but then Hillingdon Council refused to allow him to come home.

Mr Neary's access to his son was severely limited and the council said Steven needed to be protected as well as the people he might come into contact with.

On Monday a High Court judge granted a request by BBC London and other media organisations to lift a ban on reporting the case.

Kurt Barling has this report.

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