“When a child aged 16 or 17 who had been excluded from his family home applied to the children’s service department of the local authority for accommodation under s 20 of the Children Act 1989, and he satisfied all the requirements of s 20(1), it was not open to the authority to refer the child to the local housing authority for accommodation as a homeless person under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.”
WLR Daily, 20th May 2009
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Court of Appeal
“A local authority had failed to carry out its duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 when dealing with an asylum-seeker who claimed to be a child because it did not carry out an assessment of his welfare needs, or of the kind of accommodation that would be required to meet them.”
The Times, 13th February 2009
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