Section 20 Agreements

A ‘Section 20 Agreement’ is an agreement between parent(s) and Social Services allowing the Local Authority to temporarily take children into the care of the Local Authority.

If you have been asked to sign a Section 20 Agreement, it is likely that Social Services may be considering taking action in respect of your children. Contact us for advice before you sign the Agreement.

If you have already signed a Section 20 Agreement and you have changed your mind, contact us as soon as possible.

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I have been asked to sign a Section 20 Agreement, what are my rights?

  • The consent of every person with parental responsibility should be sought if the Local Authority wants to accommodate a child under s.20
  • A Section 20 Agreement is voluntary. You do not have to sign it
  • If you have signed a Section 20 Agreement, you can withdraw your consent at any time, but Social services often ask for 7 days’ notice in writing
You should never feel forced into signing a Section 20 Agreement.

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