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Clare, Solicitor
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A section 20 form was aigned yesterday by myself and my husband

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A section 20 form was aigned yesterday by myself and my husband - can you please advise us if there is a cooling off period?
HiThank you for your questionMy name is ***** ***** do my best to help you but I need some further information first.Could you explain a little more about the background please
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My son has autism with severe learning difficulties. He has been at a residential school on a 52 week placement for 3 years and comes home every 2nd weekend. His placement was as a child in need. We have been told that he now has to be a looked after child nd a section 20 was signed yesterday.
Why does he have to be a looked after child?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Apparently this will be better for him when he gets older and as a looked after child he has more entitlement to services - we just don't understand why all of a sudden it has become so urgent. Social worker asked us to sign forms yesterday and is due to drop off further information tomorrow prior to a meeting at school on Friday morning at 10am
Has anything changed at home - or on his visits - in the last few months?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No absolutely nothing. Since being at residential he is a changed child when he comes home he is all smiles and extremely happy. He has also done extremely well at residential school - he is a totally different child.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Could the rush be that my son was a child in need 3 years ago (due to severe aggressive behaviour and had been asked to leave several special needs schools) and at that time he should have been a looked after child - is this a mistake that has been made?
The first thing to say is that a Section 20 can still be withdrawn at any time, so if you are not happy with the explanation given then you can simple withdraw itThey would then have to decide whether or not to apply for a Care Order.I am frankly not certain why they are doing this UNLESS it is a funding issue (as so many are) and the "pot" for looked after children is larger than the "pot" for child in need.You are entitled to ask for a written explanation for the change - and to then make your decision on that basis.I hope that this is of assistance - but please ask if you need further detailsClare
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