Social Services Voluntary Agreement
Here at Emery Johnson Astills, we hope that these recommendations and comments from the President will mean improvements in the way Section 20 of future agreements are concluded with parents. This procedure explains the Department`s action in the accommodation of children through a voluntary agreement. It describes the political and practical issues that underlie the provision of this service. It clarifies the legal basis for such regulation, the circumstances under which it can be used and the decision-making processes to be followed. The social worker is responsible for the child`s active participation in the development of the plan, in the case of an age, his parents and any other relevant person. The investment plan and agreement is the written agreement to support the provision of housing through a voluntary agreement. “Any delegation of this kind must be real and voluntary,” the judgment states, otherwise the Authority would not have the power to encroach on parental responsibility. The best way to avoid confusion is to fully inform parents of their rights under Section 20, but a difgation can be real and voluntary without being fully informed. Voluntary care of a child does not have the pressure of legal proceedings and can lead to “drifting” children under guardianship. This must be explicitly recognized and taken into account in the planning of the child`s reception. If there is concern about the effectiveness of a parent/guardian, the social worker should ensure that the social worker discusses this issue with his or her team leader or that the parent has information from legal counsel or professional counsel (1).
Note: In Coventry City Council v. C, B, CA and CH (2012) EWHC2190 (Fam), it was found that “any social worker who seeks consent is subject to a personal obligation (the result of which should not be dictated by others) to be satisfied that the person giving consent is not in a position to do so.” In accordance with Section 20 of the Children`s Act 1989, social services are required to provide housing for a child who does not have a safe home or home. Sometimes, social services will ask a parent to voluntarily consent to the child being removed from custody and placed by nurses or a friend or family member, so that the parent can assess the child`s safety. This is called the section 20 agreement. For example, if a 16-year-old has left home due to an uncertain life situation, he or she can sign an agreement with the CAS.