The Hackney case concerned the parents of 9 children in care in 2007, after the police intervened, which stated that the domestic conditions were not suitable for the children. The children spent about 2 months in care. If the local authority ignores your attempts to revoke your consent or if you have not been informed of your right to revoke the s.20 contract, it is important that you have legal advice as soon as possible. Courts have recently criticized the local authority`s ignoring parents` requests to revoke their consent, so it is important to seek legal advice. If you no longer want to take care of your child, you can stop accepting at any time. But this may mean that if THE LA are not happy, if you take your child home, they might try to stop you. “The instructions of the family court… defines clear, cooperative and reasonable ways to enter into a voluntary agreement between a parent and a local authority when a child is to be accommodated; In short, it is a guide to good practice and a description of the trial that the family court expects to be followed. For reasons of good administration, the guidelines should continue to be followed… but non-compliance does not, in itself, lead to an unlawful injustice or a right to judicial review. “There is no need to inform in writing or in any other way” before a parent exercises the right to remove a child from the dwelling in accordance with Section 20.
However, parental rights are “subject to the right of each person to take the necessary steps to protect one person, including a child, from physical harm caused by another: for example, when a parent showed up drunk and demanded to drive the child home.” In these circumstances, “persons caring for the child would have the power (in accordance with section 3, paragraph 5 of the 1989 Act) to do what is appropriate in all circumstances to protect or promote the welfare of the child”; What should municipalities consider when caring for a child in accordance with Section 20? Section 20 is “voluntary housing,” although parents often have no choice but to agree upon request. Voluntary accommodation can be carried out either by formal nurses from the local authority or by a family member authorized by the local authority (often grandparent).