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Care proceedings

If Social Services become concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child, the local authority may start a process known as ‘care proceedings’. They may also make a care order for the child which means that the local authority will have responsibility for the child, making decisions about their welfare – such as where they live and who cares for them.

If the Local Authority have written to you to inform you that they will be issuing Court Proceedings, you will automatically be entitled to Legal Aid, regardless of your means.

For families involved in care proceedings, it can be a confusing and stressful time – particularly if you do not  agree with the decisions that the Local Authority is making. At QualitySolicitors Knight Polson we help families through the process. Our experienced family law solicitors will explain what’s happening at every step of the way, in simple terms that are easy to understand. We can also accompany you to meetings and provide the support you need if the case goes to court.

If your child is taken into care, we can help you understand what will happen next. We will explain how your child will be cared for and let you know what rights you and your child have.  We will also provide you with advice as to how you can oppose the Local Authority’s decisions and proposals for your child.

If you are worried about care proceedings, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and approachable solicitors will put you at ease and answer any concerns you may have. Plus, with our free initial assessment promise, you can get answers quickly with no obligation, so call us today on 02392 801 102 or send us an email.

Offices in Eastleigh and Fareham.

Team members

Aaron Bailey
Solicitor
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Nicola Mitchell
Director, Solicitor and Head of Family Department
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Sarah Ryan
Associate Solicitor
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