If your child has been taken into care or Social Services are threatening this, we have an experienced team dedicated to offering you practical advice and help.
We will assist you in dealing with Social Services and, where necessary, attend meetings with you.
Social Services might invite you to attend a meeting when they are considering whether or not to take the case to Court and when they are thinking about removing your child from your care.
In those meetings they normally talk to you and other people involved about whether anything could be done by you or others, including social services, to stop the case being taken to court.
If you are invited to attend a meeting like this you will be sent a letter asking you to attend a ‘pre-proceedings’ meeting. For parents who have received one of these letters, Legal Aid is available so that they have the benefit of legal advice and support at the meeting.
Support and Guidance
If you are involved in court proceedings we will ensure that you understand what is happening and that you are involved, as much as possible, in the decisions which will be taken about your child.
If your child is not living with you, we will advise you about contact issues and on the ways in which your child can be returned to your care.
If you are a parent and Social Services have started care proceedings you are automatically entitled to Legal Aid.