HHJ Bellamy issues local section 20 practice guidance
, 29 JAN 2016
In the light of recent developments in case-law in respect of the use (and misuse) of s 20, Children Act 1989 by local authorities when children are voluntarily accommodated in their care, Leicester Designated Family Judge, HHJ Bellamy, has issued local section 20 practice guidance.
The guidance brings together principles from the case-law, statutory guidance and aims to ensure compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998. It is recommended reading for all practitioners and social workers who deal with child protection cases.