If you’re facing a situation where your child has been taken into the care of UK social services, also known as the local authority, it’s important to consult with a child law solicitor who specialises in child law and child protection cases. They can guide you through the legal processes and provide personalised advice based on your circumstances.
Here are a few general steps you may consider:
- Seek legal representation: Engage a qualified solicitor who is experienced in child protection and family law matters. They can provide legal advice and help you navigate the process. In certain circumstances Legal Aid may be available.
- Engage with social services: Cooperate with child social services and follow their instructions. Show that you are willing to work with them to address any concerns they have about your child’s welfare.
- Attend meetings and assessments: Attend all meetings and assessments scheduled by social services. This demonstrates your commitment and active involvement in addressing any issues. Make sure that you are sent copies of all written reports and minutes of meetings.
- Create a support network: Build a strong support network around you. This could include family members, friends, or professionals who can demonstrate how they support you.
- Attend parenting programs or counselling: Show your willingness to learn and improve by participating in parenting programs or counselling sessions and, if advised, therapy. This can demonstrate your commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your child.
- Comply with court orders: If the case goes to court, it’s crucial to comply with any court orders or requirements. Failure to do so can harm your chances of regaining custody.
- Gather evidence: Collect any evidence that supports your ability to provide a suitable home for your child. This may include documentation, witness statements, written confirmation of your attendance at counselling, parenting courses or therapy or any other relevant information that helps demonstrate evidence of change and your commitment and ability to care for your child.
- Present your case in court: Work closely with your solicitor to prepare a strong case for the court hearing. They will guide you through the process and help you present your evidence effectively.
Remember, each case is unique, and it’s important to consult with a legal professional who can provide tailored advice based on your specific situation. They will have a better understanding of the processes and can guide you accordingly.
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.