Social Services involvement?
Social Services may become involved if they believe that a child may have suffered harm or is likely to suffer harm. Our experienced team of Child Law Solicitors can help with every stage of the process.
A Child Protection Conference may be arranged to discuss concerns about the care of your child. The main purpose of the meeting is to see whether your child is at risk of harm and, if so, to agree what needs to be done to reduce this risk. It may be decided at the meeting that your child be made subject to a Child Protection Plan.
The meetings can be very stressful for all family members. Our Child Law Solicitors who have vast experience in dealing with social services can support you through the process by giving you advice and attending the meeting with you.
The Public Law Outline (PLO)
Parents are invited to meetings where the Department of Social Care is considering the issuing of care proceedings. It is intended to be a final step before care proceedings are issued. If you have been asked to go to a PLO or pre-proceedings meeting it is important that you seek urgent legal advice.
Our Solicitors that deal with Social Services will attend the meetings with you and act to prevent care proceedings being issued.
If the Local Authority is concerned that your child is not being properly looked after or is out of control they may start Care Proceedings to ask a Court to decide whether your child should be taken into care or be placed with an alternative member of your family.
If you have received a letter from your Local Authority with regards to Care Proceedings or an application for a Care Order, or if your child has been removed as a result of an Emergency Protection Order or Police Protection Order, our experienced family law solicitors will be able to advise you on what to do next.
If you are a parent involved in Care Proceedings you will automatically be entitled to legal aid.