Interim Removal of Children and Section 20 Accomodation

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Course Overview

Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 outlines the Local Authority’s duty to provide accommodation for any child in their area who requires somewhere to live.

This course, delivered by experienced child and family practitioner Alison Burge, will provide viewers with a practical guide to the grounds on which an interim care order can be made, the grounds on which children can be removed and the orders under which this can occur.

Consideration will also be given to the circumstances in which a local authority may ask parents to enter into a ‘section 20 agreement’ in order to negate care proceedings and thereby prevent the courts’ involvement to enforce removal.

This course is essential for public children law practitioners who wish to refresh their knowledge of the law, practice and procedure surrounding the interim removal of children and Section 20 Accommodation. This course will be equally suitable for practitioners, including trainees and paralegals who are new to this area of care proceedings and will consider the following topics and case law:

  • Police Protection
  • Emergency Protection Orders
    • X County Council v B [2005] 1 FLR 341
    • Re X [2006] EWHC 510
  • Voluntary accommodation under s. 20
    • LB Merton v CB [2013] EWCA Civ 476
    • Coventry CC v C, B, CA, CH [2012] EWHC 2190 (Fam)
  • Interim Care Orders – Section 38 Children Act 1989
    • Re G (Minors) (Interim Care Order) [1993] 2 FLR 839
    • Test for Removal
      • Re GR (Care Order) [2011] 1 FLR 669
      • Re H (A Child) (Interim Care Order) [2002] EWCA Civ 1932
      • Re L-A (Care: Chronic Neglect) [2009] EWCA Civ 822
      • Re M (Interim Care Order: Removal) [2005] EWCA Civ 1594
      • Re K & H [2006] EWCA Civ 1594
      • Re B (Care Proceedings: Interim Care Order [2009] EWCA Civ 1254
      • Re B (Interim Care Order) [2010] EWCA Civ 324
    • Immediate Safety
      • Re L (Interim Care Order: Prison Mother and Baby Unit) [2013] EWCA Civ 489

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides one CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Understand the procedure when making an interim care order
    • Be able to advise the client regarding interim care orders accordingly
    • Be able to advise the client regarding ‘section 20 agreements’
    • Be familiar with police protection and emergency protection orders

What is the target audience?

  • Practitioners



About Instructor - Alison Burge

Alison is a member of the Family Bar Association and a key member of Pump Court Chambers' Private and Public Law Children teams.  Alison has a busy Court practice and regularly appears in the Family Court at all levels.  Alison has expertise in private children law matters which often involve domestic abuse and cases which require the involvement of a Guardian.  Alison also deals with applications to remove children from the jurisdiction and matters involving child abduction.

In addition, Alison has considerable experience in all areas of public law and regularly accepts instructions on behalf of Local authorities, parents and children, as well as on behalf of third parties.  Alison has a wealth of experience representing parents with mental health and substance use difficulties as well as those with learning disabilities and has dealt with matters in which the Official Solicitor has been invited to act.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Slides
    18 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60