Care Proceedings

If Social Services are concerned about the safety and welfare of a child they may start Court proceedings known as care proceedings. This can be a very frightening and confusing process for parents.

Any parents facing such proceedings should urgently contact us for legal advice, as any decisions made early on in the process can significantly impact the future conduct of the proceedings, and most importantly, what happens to your child in the future.

Our expert team of Family Lawyers understand how difficult these proceedings can be, and treat every case with sensitivity.  We will guide you through the Court process at every turn so that you always know what to expect, and will explain the law to you in a way that is easy for you to understand.

We are also able to attend meetings with parents known as Pre-Proceedings or PLO meetings. These meetings are very important, because this is when Social Services often decide whether or not Court proceedings should be started.  Having an experienced legal professional to represent you can therefore be crucial.  If as a parent, you have been asked to attend such a meeting, you are automatically entitled to Legal Aid.

A number of our solicitors are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel and we regularly represent children through CAFCASS in care proceedings.

As a parent in care proceedings you are automatically entitled to Legal Aid regardless of your financial situation.

For more information contact one of our specialist Family lawyers, or click here to complete your details, and one of our team will contact you as soon as possible.

 

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