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Social services' duties to children in need

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Social services duties to children in need under the Children Act 1989

Children in need

Definition and assessment of children in need 

Accommodation under section 17

The general duty on social services to safeguard and promote the welfare of 'children in need' in their area. 

Accommodation under section 20

The duty on social services to accommodate children who cannot live with their families 

Homeless 16- and 17-year-olds

Local authority's duties to 16- and 17-year-old homelessness people. 

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