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Use of section 20 – a guide for social workers

Obtaining consent

Before using section 20, the social worker must be sure that :-

  1. The parent has the capacity to agree
  2. The parent understands what it is they are being asked to agree to
  3. The parent has been told that they are able to say no and their right to later object and seek return of the child AT ANY TIME
  4. The consent is given freely and not under duress
  5. The prospect of Court proceedings is not being used as a threat to compel a parent to agree to section 20 (you can inform them of the possibility, if it is a genuine one, but not in a way that is directly or indirectly threatening. Social workers should never talk about Court in a way that suggests that the order is inevitable or certain)
  6. AND REALLY IMPORTANTLY that even if the parent is consenting, that the Social worker specifically considers whether it is proportionate and necessary for the child to be placed in foster care AND whether the case should be before a Court rather than by agreement


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