At Jordans Solicitors, we have a highly skilled and specialised child care department who can provide legal help and advice for a wide range of claims.
Our child care solicitors are highly experienced in all aspects of child care proceedings. We act for parents, grandparents, relatives and children in all aspects of child care proceedings including adoption.
Our specialist child care solicitors have the experience and understanding to guide you and your family through complex procedures when dealing with social services and the court.
What are child care proceedings?
Child care proceedings are when social services request a legal order from the court for the protection of your children. This aims to place them into a safe placement either with family members of in foster care.
The process starts when a social worker sends papers to the court explaining their reasons for seeking to place a child in foster care. Parents also receive a copy of these papers, at which point it’s vital you contact our child care solicitors to plan your next steps.
There will then be an initial hearing in the family court. At this, a decision will be made regarding whether an interim care or supervision order is necessary. This covers where your child will live until the final hearing and what level of contact you can have with them throughout.
What type of child care claims can be made?
There are a wide range of orders that can be brought against you by social services. We can help you with many different areas of child care proceedings such as:
- Allegations of injury, abuse or neglect
- Child Protection Case Conferences
- Pre Proceedings Meetings
- Care Orders
- Interim Care Orders
- Supervision Orders
- Emergency Protection Orders
- Special Guardianship Orders
- Placement Orders
- Police Protection Orders
- Family Drug and Alcohol Court Proceedings
It is important that you understand every aspect of your case. Our expert child care solicitors will talk you through the process and provide advice on the next steps.
If you are unsure of the meanings of any of the above words and order types used above, please see our explanation page.
Contact Jordans for child care proceedings assistance
At Jordans, our team of child care solicitors have years of experience dealing with a variety of claims. We realise it can be an emotional time and treat every case with empathy and confidentiality. Call us on 0330 300 1103 for a free initial advice session or request a call back below.
Frequently asked questions
How much will it cost?
If you are a parent of the child and there are court proceedings, you should get legal aid. This means you won’t have to pay your legal costs.
For anybody else it will depend on the circumstances. This is something that we can discuss with you.
My children have been taken away. How long will it be before they are returned to me?
There is no easy answer to this. It will depend on the facts of your case. This is something we will discuss with you once we have more information about your case.
Do I need to cooperate with social services?
Generally, we would say yes. However, there are situations where it is right to question what social services are asking you to do. This is something we will discuss with you.
Our commitment to client satisfaction
Our child care department is led Sukhbeer Shergill, a Director at Jordans and a member of the Law Society Children Panel. Our solicitors will look after you from the beginning to the end. We will:
- Provide initial advice
- Attend legal planning meetings
- Put forward your case at court hearings
- Advise and assist you to deal with social services, the court and any other professionals and experts involved in your case
Our team has a strong reputation for being client-focused. We want to get the best possible outcome for you, understand the emotional stresses you face and will support you through your case.
Legal aid is available for child care proceedings. This means that you may be entitled to free advice. To discuss your eligibility for legal aid, please get in contact with us for free initial advice on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back below.
If you are not eligible for legal aid then we can discuss affordable, private paying, fixed-fee arrangements.
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