Child social services have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Homelessness alone is not necessarily a reason for child social services to take a child away from their parents. However, if a child’s welfare is at risk due to homelessness, other factors, such as inadequate living conditions or a lack of basic necessities, it may lead to an assessment by social services.
The main concern for child services is whether the child’s health, safety or development is being significantly compromised. Social workers will typically try to provide support and assistance to families in need, including homeless families, to ensure the child’s well-being.
If social services become involved, they will aim to work collaboratively with parents to address any concerns and find suitable solutions. This will include supporting the parents to explore all options with the local housing authorities. Their primary goal is to maintain the child’s welfare within the family whenever possible. Only in severe cases where a child is at immediate risk of harm and all other options have been exhausted would the local authority consider removing a child from their parents.
If you are facing homelessness or are concerned about your situation, it’s advisable to seek assistance from local authorities, housing support services, or organisations that specialise in helping homeless individuals and families. They can provide guidance, support and resources to help you and your child through difficult circumstances.
If you and your family are being investigated by children’s social services and you need Legal Advice then please do get in touch either by calling the number above (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday) or by requesting a callback using the form at the bottom of this page. The first call is always free of charge and we can advise you if you are likely to be eligible for Legal Aid. It’s important to take advice early so you can understand the process and try and achieve the best outcome.