Case Law and Legal Summaries special issue: Section 20 accommodation

11 May 2018

Case Law and Legal Summaries special issue: Section 20 accommodationThe use of Section 20 (s.20) by local authorities to provide accommodation to children and young people has been the subject of case law, which has identified misuse of the provisions of the Children Act 1989.

Local authorities need to have processes in place to identify and regularly review the number of children who are in s.20 accommodation; the reasons for accommodation; the child’s needs and long-term plan for their care and legal security; as well as robust procedures to record consent and act when parents withdraw consent. 

The latest Research in Practice Case Law and Legal Summaries (CLLS) reviews case law relating to s.20. This special issue features summaries focusing on the guidance around capacity to consent, written agreements, and the appropriate and inappropriate use of s.20 accommodation, highlighting the main learning points for practitioners. Research in Practice (RiP) Partners and individual subscribers can access the CLLS by logging into their account.

RiP has also developed open access learning resources focusing on the work social workers do with families, legal teams and in the family court. The court orders and pre-proceedings website includes a number of resources to support practitioners to build knowledge around the issues with the use of s.20 to accommodate children and young people.

Read the Case Law and Legal Summaries.

Access the Court orders and pre-proceedings resources (open access).

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