Fans of Coronation Street will have seen a very interesting story-line developing involving Fizz and Tyrone. This young couple have agreed to sign a Section 20 agreement in order to avoid Care Proceedings being issued, which means the children will be looked after by Local Authority foster carers for some time.
The social worker said that if they did not sign the agreement that they would have to involve the Police for the children to be removed for protection. This appeared to frighten them enough to agree immediately.
Should Fizz and Tyrone in Coronation Street have signed the Section 20 without taking legal advice?
No definitely not. They do not know their rights and have allowed the social worker to intimidate them into agreeing.
Consenting to a Section 20 agreement without legal advice
Agreeing to Section 20 accommodation is a common scenario experienced by many parents who have become involved with social services and find themselves in breach of a written agreement.
If social services have asked you to sign a Section 20 agreement or you have been threatened with proceedings to remove children from your care then it is important that you take specialist and independent legal advice as soon as possible so that you know your rights.
Social services can become involved for issues such as:
- Domestic violence;
- Mental health; or
- Alleged non-accidental injury.
All of these matters require specialist legal advice and you should see a solicitor as soon as possible. In cases where you are accused of injuring your child, this is very important as the solicitor will know there could be a perfectly good explanation for this, which has not been properly considered by the Local Authority social worker.
How can Nelsons help?
It is important to know your rights in this situation as the consequences for parents and children can be catastrophic if matters go without proper legal challenge.