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.
The s 20 practice guidance is available to download here
This news item and practice guidance was originally published on the Leicester and Leicestershire Family Justice Board website and has been reproduced here with kind permission.