Council pay special needs teen compensation

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WIGAN Council has paid a special needs teenager compensation after he was unlawfully locked in a padded room.

The autistic youngster’s mum this week won the right to have the local authority and Lancashire school where he was kept named and shamed for the first time following a damning court ruling made about his care last year.

A judge lifted an anonymity order preventing Wigan Council being named as the authority responsible for referring the then 15-year-old boy to the residential school where staff locked him in the so-called “blue room” more than six times a day to control his behaviour without seeking a court order to deprive him of his liberty.

The council has since paid the teen and his family, none of whom can be named for legal reasons, an undisclosed sum in compensation.

The original hearing took place in January last year, which ruled the boy was unlawfully treated under the Human Rights Act, but those involved were not named.