Social Services Involvement
We can advise and represent you when your family is involved with social services. This can be an emotional and challenging time for any family and our experienced child care team can help by advising you about your rights and your options at a time when it can sometimes feel that you are alone.
We have a proven track record of dealing with any of these problems:
Social services involvement
You may find yourself wondering why social services have become involved with your family, or what it means for your family. We can advise you and deal with social services on your behalf.
Pre-Proceedings, or legal meetings
You may receive a letter inviting you to a meeting with social services. It is strongly recommended that you take a solicitor with you to these meetings. You may qualify for free legal aid to cover this.
Child care court proceedings
When social services are taking you to court, we can represent you. A parent is entitled to free legal aid for these court proceedings, and any other family member can also be considered for funding.
We can advise you about the process and sometimes attend the meetings with you. You may qualify for free legal aid to cover this.
Contact with a child in care
Every Local Authority has a duty to arrange this contact provided it is in the child’s best interests. We can advise you about how to apply for this.
Many family members consider making an application for this type of court order in order to safeguard children. We can advise you about the best option for your situation and represent you in any court proceedings
Representation of children
If you are considered to have sufficient maturity you are entitled to have your own solicitor. We have experienced specialists who are members of The Law Society Children Panel who are able to advise and represent you. We also represent children through their Children’s Guardians.
Whether your child is being adopted against your wishes or you want to adopt a child we can advise and represent you.
Foster carer issues
As a foster carer you may encounter difficulties about your legal position and options. We can advise you about how best to deal with such situations.
PROTECT THE CHILDREN
We can advise and represent you when your family is finding it difficult to agree arrangements for the children. This often happens following relationship breakdown or when families fall out. This can be an emotional and challenging time for any family and our experienced team of experts in child law can help by advising you about your rights and your options and represent you to achieve a solution.request a LEGAL consultation