Child Protection and the involvement of Social Services

We understand that social services involvement with your children can be frightening and stressful.

Sometimes social services  (also sometimes called “Children’s Services” or “Social Care”) will invite you to a meeting to discuss how to prevent the case involving your children going to court. This is called a “pre proceedings meeting”. These meetings can be daunting if you attend on your own, and it is important that you have legal advice and support throughout this process.

We will be able to attend pre proceedings meetings with you, and we will advise you on how best to ensure that the Local Authority does not go to court in relation to your children. Legal aid may be available in certain circumstances.  We can discuss this with you right at the start.

We have a huge amount of experience in dealing with cases where social services becomes involved and we will support and guide you throughout the process, offering you high quality advice at all stages. We have a dealt with a large number of cases that have gone through the pre proceedings process and have stayed out of court.