If you receive notification that Social Services are starting Child Care Proceedings then you should contact us immediately.
At Watsons, we have an experienced team who deal day in day out with families who are involved with the Local Authority and Social Services.
It is vital to seek legal advice even if you think you are managing the situation well with Social Services or the Local Authority. Things change quickly and they do have the power to apply to the Court for powers to make decisions to overrule you as a parent or carer for a child. They can only do this if there are grounds that the child is suffering risk of harm but the Family Courts do not take any risks and if there is even a small element of doubt then they will give the Local Authority the power they need, even on a temporary basis.
If Social Services suspect your child is in immediate danger they can take a number of steps to protect your child, including applying for an Emergency Protection Order which will remove the child from your care for up to eight days whilst further investigations are undertaken.
If you receive notification that Social Services are starting Child Care Proceedings then you must contact us immediately. This first step will involve an initial Court hearing and an Interim Care Order will be made. Timescales are short with an child care matter so it is important to contact us immediately.
It is important you understand what this means and the consequences for your child. We can work with you to ensure you and your child’s best interests are maintained.
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Lauren joins our family team specialising in care proceedings, private law proceedings and domestic abuse. Representing parents, grandparents and wide family members. Lauren aims to provide pragmatic, professional and sensitive advice and has vast experience in dealing with complex cases. She has experience in dealing with vulnerable clients and those facing serious allegations of abuse.
Lauren is a member of resolution and hopes to acquire the Law Society’s Children Law accreditation in due course.
Anne has a wealth of experience in a wide range of family law work but specialises in divorce and matrimonial finance cases, in private law children proceedings and in public law care cases. She undertakes work of a complex and sensitive nature and is an experienced advocate.
Anne delivers a friendly, ‘no-nonsense’ and professional service, providing practical, solution-focused advice and robust representation.
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