For the duration of the Section 20 agreement, those with parental responsibility should be informed, informed and consulted on all aspects of the child`s life. Parents are encouraged by L.A. to sign a Sec 20. They think the agreement is voluntary, but they are threatened with sanctions if they try to end the agreement. Parents lose their children because they do not know that the signature of a Sec 20 hands over the property to LA, which will become in due course the holder of the title in quality (child). When examining the child, those present should check whether the section 20 agreement is most appropriate for the child. If parents or those with parental responsibility do not speak English fluently, this agreement should be translated into the corresponding language. Parents/caregivers should sign the translated text and explain it in their own language: if children are accommodated by voluntary agreement, it is usually because it offers the best type of work to support the child`s continued care in the long term by his own family. We will continue to work with the families of the children in care to protect and promote the well-being of these children.
Section 20 of the legal proceedings agreement often includes an agreement for parents to revoke the local authority with a period of seven or fourteen days for them to give their consent. The Chairman, Sir James Munby, stated that he was „extremely sceptical” about the prior validity of a statutory contract under Article 20, paragraph 8. Cathy Ashley, chief executive of Family Rights Group, a charity that intervened in the case, said the case showed the need for „practical legal consultation for voluntary agreements” that the government should intervene. There is nothing in Section 20 to limit a child`s accommodation time, but other obligations related to safeguarding and promoting well-being in consultation with children and parents mean that local authorities should think about the long-term time. You should receive written confirmation of the agreement expected of you. You may also be asked to sign a „waiting contract” that will determine what is expected of you and the local authority during this period.