Our DD is section 20 , in residential care with good education attached. Had been there 1 month. We had pulled her out of mainstream - not suitable and threatened with permanent exclusion. Needed schooling & we needed respite from oppositional behaviour.
So far so good . But section 20 can only last 6 months. Ss then have to go to court to alter section , either to sec31 or 'no order '. How ridiculous that we have to go down this route in order for our child to access education . There is no other suitable provision for my child in our county.
It seems we now have to have more stress on top of what we already have, just so our DD can be educated - a basic right in this country.
We are not prepared to put her back into care just so she can be taught.......
Are you sure of your facts nzhb, I'm not sure that's true. EDD was section 20 a lot longer than 6 months. I'd check that out with your IRO if I were you. Do not under any circumstances agree to her being FCO, you will lose even more rights to have a say in her education if you have shared parental responsibility with the LA.
Contact IPSEA and book an appointment to talk by phone. They have trained legal team who can advise you on your rights to get your DD an education. Sounds like your LA are trying to bully you into agreeing what's easiest for them.
Yes - sure. The current situation came about 8 months ago. The courts do not like children staying on section 20 very long. It was being 'abused' by some LA's - not planning for the children in future. Courts viewed this section as being a method of children languishing, with not enough future planning undertaken. So now , after 6 months courts will be looking for conversion to section 31 or a plan to return to parents. Discussed with IRO 2 days ago. She confirms this. We are all hoping that when it goes to court, judge awards a 'no order'. I am not prepared to have my child under section 31.
Mackerel's been section 20 for over 3 years now and no one has suggested changing it at all.
I know that LAs have had a hammering where they have initiated taking the child into care, persuading the parents to agree to section 20 initially, and then not got their finger out and sorted out a care order. But that's very different from our situation.
I have 1 wife, Kermit, and 7 kids. 3 of them - Mackerel, Fairy Basslet & Sprat - are adopted
Big Fish has been Section 20 ever since Section 20 became a reality. It means I get a reviewing officer fighting my side.
Mum to AS Big Fish (19, 16 years at home) and AS Little Minnow (13, almost 6 years at home), came separately, and now a wonderful, feisty horse who lets me escape from kids with attitude and the drudgery of disability services and a top of the range adapted van provided by the council fulfilling their legal requirements!