Case Law Update 33 – Williams v Hackney – No fixed time limit on local authority accommodating child under s 20 CA 1989

This is part of our case law series reviewing judgements relating to the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Each review looks at a specific case and explains the potential implications for parents, local authorities and sector practitioners. The reviews have been produced for us by Barrister Steve Broach.

In this update, 8 children in a family were accommodated under section 20. The Supreme Court confirmed that there is no fixed time limit on the use of section 20 to accommodate children, but parents need to be fully informed of their rights.