Support for you and your children

If the Local Authority contacts you about taking your child into care, it can obviously be very distressing for both you and your child. At Nelsons, our care proceedings solicitors can offer expert advice and support regarding your circumstances.

What happens in care proceedings

The Court will want to ensure that the child is protected, and taking them into care is not a decision they will make lightly. The Local Authority will give notice that they intend to issue proceedings to remove a child from your care, and will try to work with you to resolve the issues.

The Local Authority should only make a formal care application where there is a significant risk of harm or a likelihood of harm to the child. They will need evidence to do so.

If a Local Authority raises concerns about the care of your child, they may:

  • Make a Section 47 referral to investigate the concerns;
  • Apply to the Court for an Emergency Protection Order, allowing them to remove your child from your care and place them into Local Authority care; and/or
  • Apply to the Court for a Care Order or Interim Care Order.

It is possible for grandparents and other family members to become involved in care proceedings, either by offering to care for the child in the short or long term, by supervising contact or by having contact with the child in their own right.

How Nelsons’ care proceedings solicitors can help

It is essential that as soon as the Local Authority becomes involved with your family that you seek legal advice and assistance.

Nelsons has a dedicated team of accredited specialists with many years’ experience of working in this specialised area of law. We will respond to your enquiry quickly to help your family at what we know is a stressful and upsetting time.

Care Proceedings SolicitorsOur team includes:

  • Resolution Accredited Specialists
  • Law Society Family Panel & Advanced Family Panel members
  • Law Society Children Panel Members

Our expertise in children law and care proceedings is also recognised by the independent directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

To discuss how our children law solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham can help you, please contact us via our online form or call 0800 024 1976 for a guaranteed response.

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