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Child Care Law

Holding Child Hand _95457622Having social services involved with your family can be very stressful and you may feel under a great deal of pressure, particularly if Court proceedings are issued.  We have been representing parents, grandparents and other family members both before and during Court proceedings for many years.  We work in a constructive way from the outset, giving clear advice to ensure that the best approach is adopted.  We are able to offer representation/advice in all areas, including:

  • Child protection case conferences, reviews, plans.
  • Voluntary care arrangements (s 20 agreements).
  • Pre proceedings meetings.
  • Court proceedings – including applications for Emergency Protection Orders and Interim Care Orders.
  • Contact with a child in care.
  • Advising extended family members about their options.
  • Placement Orders.
  • Adoption. 
  • Special Guardianship Orders.

We have extensive experience in representing parents and family members in all types of care cases, including, cases concerning sexual/physical abuse, emotional harm, parents with learning disabilities or drug/alcohol dependency. Our specialist representatives ensure that they work closely with clients to ensure that the appropriate assessments are undertaken within proceedings and to ensure that support is in place.

All of our Solicitors in the Family team are members of Resolution (a professional organisation for Family Solicitors), Amy Chapman (Ashford Office) and Cathy Snowdon (Feltham Office) are members of the Law Society Children’s Panel recognising their specialism and expertise in this area representing parents, family members and Children.   

If you have any concerns regarding any of the above issues or aspects of social services involvement with your child or a family member then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss matters further.