Voluntary accommodation


Voluntary accommodation allows the Council to bring your child into care, only with your written agreement, if it believes that this will protect your child's welfare.

Cornwall Council strongly believes that the best place for any child is within their own families and community. You have a legal parental responsibility to care for your child. We have a duty to do everything we can to support you to care safely for your child.

Bringing your child into the care of the Council must always be a last resort. It should only happen if, together:

  • we have tried everything to prevent it happening
  • we have looked at all alternatives

We also have to take account of your child's wishes and feelings - what they want to happen.

Further information can be found in our leaflet below.

Voluntary accommodation leaflet

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