As at 31st March 2016 there were 19,000 children in the care system under voluntary arrangements. 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 explains 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.
If you have experience of, or have been affected by the use of, section 20 voluntary arrangements you can share your experiences and views in an online questionnaires as part of a new Knowledge Inquiry (research project). To find out more about the Inquiry and its aims and to fill in a questionnaire please go to the Inquiry webpage on the Family Rights Group website.
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