A teenager from Bexley was evicted from his home by social services after it was found that he had not changed clothes for six months and had not left his home for two years.
The boy, who cannot be named by the media, suffered from mental health issues and his room was “covered in feces and urine”.
The teenager had been subjected to the council’s child protection plans and was removed from his mother’s care after social service staff realized the conditions he was living in.
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The boy’s case was heard on Wednesday October 6 by Judge Mr. Justice Hayden at a hearing in the Protective Court, where judges render decisions about people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions. decisions.
Judge Hayden was told by Winsome Levy, an attorney representing Bexley Council: “… his condition on admission was described as having matted hair, he was covered in urine and feces.
“(He) would not have changed clothes for six months, nor left home for two years before being admitted to the hospital.
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“His room was stained with excrement and his room reeked of urine.”
The teenager’s mother told the judge that her son was not “covered in excrement”.
The judge heard that the teenager, now 18, had been removed from his mother’s care and he approved plans for future accommodation arrangements.
He was told the teenager had made “significant progress” since leaving home.
He praised the professionals involved and a couple who had taken care of the teenager for the past few months.
The young man had been involved with staff at Bexley Council in London since birth, the judge learned.
The teenager was represented by staff from the Office of the Official Solicitor, which helps vulnerable people involved in litigation.
A lawyer who heads his legal team said he had been known to counsel for a long time.
Turan Hursit told the judge, in a written brief: “He (was) historically known to local mental health and social services, having participated in child protection plans on two occasions for neglect and psychological / physical abuse.
She said authorities were alerted to her situation after a relative called the police.
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