Parents’ Rights against Social Services (UK)

Bretherton Law’s experienced and reputable child law team specialises in cases involving social services, including child protection, PLO and care proceedings.  We understand parents’ rights against social services and represent families across London and the Northern Home Counties including Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Oxfordshire.

If you and your family are experiencing social services’ intervention and need legal support we can help.  Our team of expert child law solicitors are here to assist you and we start by offering a free telephone consultation. The telephone consultation can be used to;

  • Discuss your circumstances.
  • Establish if you would benefit from legal support.
  • Provide initial advice on the likelihood of you qualifying for Legal Aid.

Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to request a call back.

Parents Do Have Rights

Parents have rights and sometimes they need a helping hand to stand up to social services. We always put the needs of the children first but even in cases where a parent has ‘lost their way’ a little, the law says that children are generally much better off when being brought up within their natural families, where it is safe to do so. With our help and a willingness from parents and extended family to work towards a long term solution to family problems, there can be a happy ending as illustrated by our child law case studies. 

We Will Support You Throughout

At Bretherton Law we understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be when social services become involved in your family’s life. Our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to helping you navigate this complex legal process and will achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Let us be your trusted guide throughout the legal process. From providing initial advice to supporting you during child protection conferences and pre-court proceedings, and court if it gets that far, we will assist you every step of the way.

Experienced and Qualified

As accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel and members of Resolution, we have the expertise and knowledge to handle cases for parents, children, and relatives where social services are involved and concerns of child protection or abuse are raised. You can trust us to provide you with compassionate, responsive, personalised support throughout the legal process.

Special Guardianship Order

If you are a relative of a child whose family is under social services’ investigation you may be asked to look after that child. This could be an “informal” arrangement, as a kinship carer or as a potential Special Guardian. If you find yourself in this situation, you should ask for our help. You could be missing out on practical and financial support if you do not seek advice.

Don’t face this difficult situation alone

Contact us today for a free consultation and learn how we can help you and your family navigate this challenging time.

Our child law solicitors are compassionate and understanding, and we will work closely with you every step of the way. We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide you with the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions about your case.

Our offices are open 9am- 5pm on Monday to Friday but if you need our help, request a call back today and we will contact you at the first opportunity.