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If she is a deputy for her son, then she would be able to decide where he lives.
I would suggest, however, that you may in fact be asking the wrong questions here.
You said that the son was removed from the mother's care by social services, which would imply that they did not think he was being adequately cared for. If that is the case, you will need to be a bit more specific about the background before asking whether the mother will be able to get her son back into her care.
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There is clearly a lot going on, including what the local authority see as safeguarding issues, so if the mother applies to court for deputyship, then the court will consider her application, whether she is suitable, and will obviously also hear information from the local authority. The court will make the decision.
I already provided the relevant link to the information on deputyship and the application forms, but have re-posted them here for your convenience. https://www.gov.uk/become-deputy/apply-deputy
I think the mother may be better off asking the local authority what she needs to do in order to reduce their concerns about her care of her son.
I have no possession of any of the facts in this case, so it would be impossible for me to state whether or not the mother would be successful in an application to the court.
I would strongly suggest she seeks the advice of a solicitor specialised in adult care cases. She can find an appropriate solicitor in her area here, by adding in her postcode to reduce the number of solicitors: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/search/results?Pro=False&UmbrellaLegalIssue=LIUMCP&LegalIssue=LILPH&Language=
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