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Ann Skelton to act as curator for child 


From The Mercury: The Centre of Child Law has been allowed to intervene in a case in which a Durban mother said she was forced to bring an urgent court application to have a daughter admitted for permanent psychiatric care, notes a report in The Mercury.

Last month, the mother of the child filed an application asking that her daughter be admitted to Town Hill Hospital because she was aggressive, prone to violent outbursts and was a danger to her younger siblings.

Yesterday, the Centre for Child Law was granted leave to be allowed to intervene in the matter and for its director, Professor Ann Skelton, to be appointed as curator for the child. Skelton was granted permission to conduct an intensive 60-day investigation of the child’s situation and treatment history and to determine the type of treatment that would best suit her needs and options for her ongoing care.

There was no opposition to the application. The matter was adjourned to June, when Skelton is expected to file a report.




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