Children coming into the care system under section 20 voluntary arrangements

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Children coming into the care system under section 20 voluntary arrangements

Postby Suzie, FRG Adviser » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:36 pm

Are you raising a child who came to live with you because of a voluntary arrangement made between children’s services and child’s parent(s)?

You may have heard these kinds of arrangements referred to as ‘voluntary accommodation’, ‘section 20 voluntary arrangements’ or even just ‘section 20’. Section 20 is the part of the Children Act 1989 (the leading source of child welfare law in England and Wales) that sets out the powers and duties that can allow children’s services to bring children into the care system under voluntary arrangements, including without the oversight of the court.

As part of a Knowledge Inquiry (research project) Your Family, Your Voice is inviting family and friends carers to share their views, experiences and insights about section 20 voluntary arrangements in online questionnaires. To find out more about the Inquiry and to fill in a questionnaire please go to the Inquiry webpage on the Family Rights Group website.

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