Social Services & Care Proceedings

A big thanks to you all for your hard work in bringing my case to a successful conclusion. I'm so grateful to all of you for coping with me in this difficult situation and for everything you did for us as a family. I wish you every good success in the work that you do in this difficult area in keeping our families and children safe from harm in the world we live in. Once again thank you so much for all that you have done for us as a family.

Sometimes if the Social Services Department of your Local Authority becomes concerned that your child, (or children) is not being cared for, or is out of control 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 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. Danielle Peters, Attia Hussain and Katie Skinner are all experienced in dealing with these matters. Danielle and Attia are also members of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel and can represent the children as well as parents.

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.

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Get in touch

Please call Gill Harding in our family department who will help you with your query.