Law matters are different to private law matters as they relate to involvement with Local Authority in relation to matters concerning children.
The Local Authority (Children and Young Persons Services, otherwise known as Social Care) may become involved after receiving referrals expressing concerns about the care being afforded to a child or children.
Our team of solicitors have a wealth of experience in this area of law and are able to offer initial advice and assistance around early involvement of Social Care and any child protection issues.
We are also able to attend formal meetings, such as Public Law Outline meetings, in which parents are required to attend a legal meeting with a legal representative so that matters concerning their children can be discussed with a view to a Public Law Outline plan being drawn up. These meetings are help so as to try, if possible, to avoid the Local Authority making an application to the Court for an Interim Care Order to seek removal of the child/children into foster care.
If care proceedings are issue then our team of solicitors are also able to assist with these court proceeding and will provide advice and assistance to you around these difficult proceedings. We will be able to represent you or arrange for representation on your behalf at Court.
Legal aid remains available in relation to public law proceedings and in relation to public law care proceedings any application made to the Legal Aid Agency is both non merits and non means tested. Therefore, you will be eligible for and entitled to Legal Aid, whatever your financial circumstances if you are a biological parent of the child/children.
At John Fowlers, we understand that any legal proceedings but particularly one which involve the possibility of children being removed from the care of a parent can be extremely difficult and distressing for all parties involved. We therefore take every step possible to provide a caring and professional yet empathetic approach to such matters, delivering quality advice to those is difficult situations in a sensitive and transparent way.
Public law proceedings include any involvement with a Local Authority in relation to matters concerning children. We believe in our caring and professional approach, delivering quality advice to those in difficult situations in a sensitive and transparent way.
Our team of solicitors offer initial advice around early involvement of Social Care and child protection issues. We also attend meetings, such as a Public Law Outline meetings, whereby parents are required to attend a legal meeting with their representative when matters relating to their children are discussed. These meetings are to avoid the Local Authority going to Court to seek an Interim Care Order for removal of the children into foster care.
We understand that any legal proceeding involving children can be extremely difficult for all parties involved. We take every step possible to ensure the comfort and well being of the clients we serve.
For more information about this area of law or to get in touch with a member of the team, follow the contact details above.