Social Services may become involved with parents and children if they believe that the child/children is/are suffering or is at risk of suffering harm whether it be psychological, emotional, physical or sexual they may intervene. In some circumstances Social Services may require parents to sign a Contract of Expectations therefore promising that they will raise their standard of care of their child/children to a more acceptable level.
On the other hand, Social Services may be aware of ongoing issues with care of a child and give notice to parents via a Letter before Proceedings that they intend to take action by applying to the Court for a Care or Placement Order.
Social Services can even intervene before a child is born and should they consider that child is at risk they may issue proceedings prior to the child’s birth and remove the child from the parents care before discharge from hospital. This is called an Emergency Care Order.
In these circumstances, parents will need legal representation as there are a number of meetings and lots of complicated paperwork to deal with.
We will offer you guidance and support throughout Social Services involvement with you and your child/children, providing you with the best possible advice relevant to your situation.