When Social Services become involved in your family we understand how traumatic it can be. If care proceedings have started or whether Social Services are just holding meetings about children within your family our childcare team offer sound advice and support throughout the process. We can also act on behalf of children through Court appointed Guardians.
What if care proceedings have started?
It is vital you get a solicitor to deal with your case as soon as possible. Getting proper advice will help you understand what is happening and will help you to have a greater say in how your family is dealt with by Social Services.
What if Social Services are involved but there are no court proceedings?
We can still help you. We can explain to you what Social Services are asking you to
do. Meetings are often held and it is important that you know what to say and do
so as not to make the situation worse. Often these meetings look at whether a child should be placed on the Child Protection Register. This has serious consequences as the child is then registered with Social Services and then the police, hospitals, doctors and schools are informed.
Why choose Watkins & Gunn?
Our childcare team can offer you sound advice and support to help you through the process. We can also put you in touch with other organisations and professionals to help you in your dealings with Social Services.
Our childcare team covers our 2 offices and the different Local Authorities served by those communities. We offer expert advice in a sensitive and sympathetic way to help you through such a difficult time.
What will it cost you?
The Childcare Team at Watkins & Gunn is committed to Public Funding (Legal Aid) and at a first meeting we can advise you as to your eligibility. If care proceedings have already been started you will be entitled automatically to help with your legal costs.
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