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Advice and Guidance on Dealing With Social Services

Dealing With Social Services

Social services in the UK are designed to help protect children and vulnerable people as well as promote their best wishes. Although they may be something that people fear across the country – they are trying to reach the best interests for children in all cases. Although you may be understandably concerned when social services become involved with your family – there have been cases where they are mistakenly informed or they have been notified by someone incorrectly. However – this is why it is important to deal with social services in a specific way, such as documenting meetings for example.

 

This article provides you with specific information relating to when social services become involved in your family. It’s also important to note that you can get in touch with a member of our expert solicitors if you have a social service family law issue in Cardiff. It’s highly recommended to get the representation of a family law solicitor at meetings with social services or if you are very much concerned about their involvement with your family.

 

You may also be entitled to legal aid when dealing with social services and require legal council so we can also advise you on this.

 

Why Have Social Services Become Involved?

 

There are a number of reasons as to why social services may become involved and investigate your family. A lot of the time – these should not be concerning and may just be in the form of a routine check of your property and they may ask some questions. You may, however, receive a letter which invites you to a meeting with social services. We cannot stress enough how much it is recommended to have a family law solicitor accompany you to these meetings to offer legal counsel and to help support you during the meeting and this may be covered under legal aid.

 

Key workers in children’s lives such as teachers, doctors, dentists and other professionals can report your child to social services if they have any specific concerns about the wellbeing of children. This can range from a wide range of potential concerns – ranging from not having suitable living conditions – to obvious potential signs of abuse such as bruises. Again – this is to protect children. In the example of obvious bruising – it could just be that your child was involved in an accident so the purpose of Social Services potentially investigating this is to ensure that no physical abuse is being carried out at home.

 

What Should I Do If Social Services Become Involved?

Why Have Social Services Become Involved?

Should social services become involved – it is of the utmost importance to be clear and transparent whilst explaining the exact details of any issue that they may be investigating. Should they wish to launch an investigation, they will launch what is called a Section 47 Enquiry. You will be interviewed by a social worker and if there are accusations of abuse or severe neglect – a specialist police officer who may formally interview the child on their own if they meet the requirements. It is likely that you will be asked to have an examination to be carried out by a GP for older children or someone that knows your child very well.

 

If you have any concerns about the way that social services have approached your family, why they have become involved or they send a letter to organise a meeting – there is no harm in getting in touch with a fully qualified family law solicitor. They can offer advice from a legal perspective as well as emotional support as they have likely represented a client in a similar situation to yourself. 

 

You may also be entitled to legal aid when dealing with social services and require legal council so we can also advise you on this.

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