Child Care Department

Children’s Services can begin an investigation into the family if they have concerns about the welfare of children within it.

They can apply to the Court for an order to protect the children if they fear they are suffering harm that could, in serious cases, result in the removal of the child or children from that family unit.

If you are experiencing issues concerning child protection, it can be an extremely stressful and emotional time. However, there is no need to feel alone. We can provide expert legal advice from our team of extremely proficient and experienced lawyers whose aim it is to ensure that your rights are protected.

We act for parents, other relatives, foster carers and the children themselves and this is an area of law where Legal Aid is usually available irrespective of your financial position.

We provide support with the following and more:

  1. Child Protection Case Conferences – when a Social worker calls into question “Good enough parenting” to decide whether a child need to be placed on the Child Protection Register
  2. Letter Before Action Meetings – when a child protection plan is deemed not to be working, a strategy is devised to try to avoid going to court
  3. Court Proceedings – If the Children’s Services believe that the other strategies have not been effective and the child is suffering significant harm, they can apply to the Court for a Care Order to remove the child from the family permanently.

Oslers Partners

  • Mary E. Cleaver LLB (Hons)
  • Claire R. Lockwood LLB (Hons)
  • James S. Yardy LLM