What happens when social services get involved?
Social services have a duty to keep children safe from harm and to support the child within the family unit. Sometimes, when there is a court application for a Child Arrangement Order and a social worker is already involved, they may be directed to prepare a report assessing the situation and making recommendations for the way forward (s7 report). Sometimes, when social workers get involved, you fear that your children and the right to make decisions about them might be taken away from you. My job is to be on your side as you work with social services to make sure your children’s interests come first.
When social services are seriously considering court proceedings and arrange a meeting to discuss their concerns with you (PLO meeting) or issue care proceedings, parents and children will qualify automatically for free legal aid. In those circumstances, you will need to instruct another firm of solicitors which can offer legal aid. In other circumstances or if you are not a parent and if you do not qualify financially for legal aid, I can represent you. As a member of the Law Society Children Panel, I am qualified to represent parents and children in care proceedings.
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