Steven lives with his father Mark, and because of his severe learning disability he needs support at all times. At Christmas time in 2009, Mark became unwell and agreed that Steven would go into respite care. It was only meant to be a temporary stay until Mark felt well enough to take care of Steven again. But Steven found it hard to settle and he was sent away to a care home. Despite Mark’s recovery and wish to bring Steven home, he stayed in care for a year and Mark had to get a court order to allow him to take his son home. The court found the council had misjudged the situation and breached Steven’s human rights by keeping him away from his Dad. Our human rights make sure our best interests are properly protected, and in Steven’s case that meant being cared for by his father rather than by strangers.