Child Care Law

Child Care Law Owen White & Catlin Solicitors in London, Surrey and MiddlesexHaving 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. 

Our Child Law Work

We are able to offer representation and advice in all areas, including:

  • child protection case conferences, reviews and 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; and
  • 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 and parents with learning disabilities or drug/alcohol dependency. Our specialist representatives ensure they work closely with you to ensure the appropriate assessments are undertaken within proceedings, and that support is in place.

All of our solicitors in the Family Law team are members of Resolution (a professional organisation for Family Solicitors), Amy Chapman (Ashford Office), Cathy Snowdon (Ashford Office) and Tish Reel (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, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss matters further.

Always there when you need us

Clarity and guidance from expert solicitors

Contact Owen White & Catlin

Established in 1921, Owen White & Catlin have been providing Divorce and Family Law services throughout South West London, Surrey and Middlesex for many years. Our offices are staffed by teams of expert solicitors and support staff, making it easy for you to get in touch when you need us. Contact us using our online enquiry form, or call us directly on one of our office numbers – our friendly staff are ready to help.


Our solicitors will consider clients who are looking to fund their case through legal aid. A legal aid award for civil cases will be dependent on your financial position, the type of legal issue, and also the strength of your case. If you are unsure if you are eligible for legal aid, or if you are worried about how to pay for legal advice or representation, speak to our team who will be able to help you with the application process and can advise you on our different options available to you. 


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