If Social Services become involved with your children it is vital that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. In some cases practical legal advice at an early stage could help avoid your children being placed in foster care and help avoid Court proceedings.
In some cases if the Local Authority are considering care proceedings they will give you a pre-proceedings letter setting out their concerns. If you receive such a letter it is important that you let us have it as soon as possible so that we can arrange to attend a meeting with the Local Authority to see if matters can be resolved without Court proceedings.
If you are served with Court papers it is important that you notify us immediately so that we can ensure that you are represented at the first hearing and that we have full instructions for that purpose.
Free Initial Interview
If you are a parent or relative seeking advice in respect of care proceedings we will offer you a free initial interview. If you are a parent and receive a pre-proceedings letter we would be able to provide assistance free of charge. Likewise, if you are a parent or a person with parental responsibility we can act for you free of charge in respect of care proceedings. In certain circumstances relatives involved in care proceedings may receive legal aid subject to an assessment of their eligibility.