Social Services & Care Proceedings
Sometimes if the Social Services Department of your Local Authority becomes concerned that your child, (or children) is not being cared for appropriately, it may become involved with your family. The Local Authority may even consider asking the Court if your child should be taken into care.
If this is the case, you will receive what is known as a letter before proceedings from your Local Authority inviting you to a meeting. If you do not follow the instructions in this letter you may have to go to Court and your child or children could be taken into care.
If this should happen to you, the Ministry of Justice recommends that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Janet Martland, Sian Churchill and Attia Hussain are both experienced in dealing with these matters.
Our Family Team will help you liaise with the Local Authority and if necessary advise and support you through Court proceedings. If you are a parent, Legal Aid will be available. If you are another member of the family it is possible that Legal Aid may be available.
If you have issues with Social Services and your children, please contact us for an appointment.