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Section 20

Under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, children may be accommodated by the local authority if they have no parent or are lost or abandoned or where their parents are not able to provide them with suitable accommodation and agree to the child being accommodated. A child who is accommodated under Section 20 becomes a Looked After Child.

Section 20 agreements are not valid unless the parent giving consent has capacity to do so, the consentĀ  is properly informed and fairly obtained. Willingness to consent cannot be inferred from silence, submission orĀ  acquiescence - it is a positive action.

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