Social workers’ understanding and use of section 20 (and its equivalent, section 76 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014) has come under scrutiny again this year, with a major report for the President of the Family Division finding a lack of clarity about when ‘voluntary accommodation’ is appropriate. In some areas, fear of criticism from managers and the judiciary following high-profile court cases is leading to a disproportionate use of court proceedings when an arrangement under section 20 would be in the child’s best interests. This session will:
- Draw on the new best practice guidance issued by the Public Law Working Group.
- Clarify what other guidance and case law remains relevant and how to apply it.
- Explain how and when social workers should make use of section 20, including when they should be considered instead of initiating care proceedings.
- Provide examples from case law.
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William Dean, barrister, 9 Gough Chambers