§ Mr. Yeo
The form in which such information is made available is a matter for individual local authorities. A local authority wishing to keep a child in secure accommodation beyond 72 hours must seek the authority of the court. A child is entitled to be legally represented when such applications are considered and has a right to apply for legal aid for such purposes. The Department's guide for children and young people "The Children Act and the Courts" explains the arrangements for placing children in secure accommodation and their right to legal representation.