Can social services take my child if I have depression?  

Can social services take my child if I have depressionCan social services take my child if I have depression?  

The primary concern of child social services is the welfare and safety of children. If you have depression, it does not automatically mean that your child will be taken away from you. 

Child social services may become involved if they have reason to believe that a child is at risk of significant harm or, if they receive reports or concerns about a child’s well-being. They typically aim to support families and provide assistance to ensure the child’s safety and well-being within the family unit. 

Having a mental health condition, like depression, does not necessarily mean you are unfit to care for your child. Social services would likely assess the overall situation, considering factors such as the severity of your depression, the level of support available to you, and the impact it may have on your ability to provide adequate care for your child. 

If you are concerned about your situation or need support, it is advisable to seek help from medical professionals or mental health services. They can provide guidance, treatment, and support that can contribute to your well-being as a parent. It is always beneficial to reach out to local resources for advice specific to your 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. 

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