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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

Duties towards children in need

Social services duty to assess children in need and their families. 

Accommodation under section 17

The duty on social services to accommodate homeless young people aged under 18 and their families. 

Accommodation under section 20

Duty of social services to provide accommodation to certain children in need in their area who¬†cannot live with their families.¬† 

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