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:
- Public Law Outline meetings: The Public Law Outline (PLO) process takes place when the Local Authority is so concerned about a child’s well-being and unless positive steps are taken to address and ease those concerns, the Local Authority may consider making an application to the Court to remove the children. The PLO process is the last opportunity for parents to make improvements to their parenting before care proceedings are issued.
- 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.