SECTION 20 ACCOMMODATION: UNDERSTANDING THE LAW AND USING IT APPROPRIATELY (LEGAL LEARNING)

14.45-15.45


Though latest figures showed a drop in the number of section 20 arrangements, concerns remain about how well social workers understand these arrangements and how appropriately they are used. This session will provide an overview of the law on section 20 and:

  • Explore the original principles underpinning section 20 and the breadth of ways that practitioners, families and children may encounter section 20 arrangements.
  • Analyse the role and legal significance of parental consent and objection in section 20 cases.
  • Identify misuses and misunderstandings of the law currently being picked up by the courts.

Speaker:

Caroline Lynch, principal legal adviser, Family Rights Group

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