Use of section 20 – a guide for social workers



There is a blog post coming about the Hereford case, discussed in this Guardian article

but following Twitter discussions, I thought it might be helpful to share the guidance I prepared for my own social work department with others.  Be warned that there’s a Supreme Court decision on section 20 coming soon, in the Hackney case, and all bets are off as to what they might say.  (I think Hackney’s spirits probably sank when they saw the Hereford case whilst waiting for their own judgment)

This is intended to be a simple short guide for social workers as to what to think about when section 20 is being considered as a route of a child coming into care. It is not a substitute for legal advice on a particular case and the best thing to do is to contact legal for specific advice.

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