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Child Care Proceedings


If Social Services are worried about the safety of your children in your care, or if a social worker thinks that your children should be in foster care, you can turn to Cartwright King. Our specialist Child Care Solicitors will do everything they can to avoid your children leaving your care. 

To speak to a Child Care Solicitor, contact us now for a fast response.

You’re not alone 

We will be here to work alongside you, giving you clear, sensible and straightforward advice in what is a very difficult and worrying time for your family. You can count on our Child Care Solicitors to provide compassionate, clear, focused and straightforward advice to ensure that you don’t feel like you’re facing proceedings alone.

Whatever your circumstances, you can rely on us to deal with your case professionally and without judgement. You can be sure that we will do everything we can to keep your family together.

Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or any other member of the family, we can help guide you through the proceedings. You can expect sound, sensible advice and effective representation every step of the way, ensuring that your voice is heard. 

Get in touch today for the support you need.

Cartwright King’s Child Care team has been supporting parents, grandparents, family members and children for years, meaning that we can provide you with a professional service that comes from experience. 

When you need us most, we’ll be there to listen to your worries, to advise and to act, bringing stability to an unstable situation. Our priority is making sure that you are seen, that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard.

If you’re looking for a solicitor that not only gives your case the care and attention it deserves, but also cares about what happens to you and your family, you’ve come to the right place. 

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Call us today if you are concerned that your child or children are going to be taken out of your family’s care and immediately speak to one of our Child Care specialists.

Take the time to get to know us and get a sense of Cartwright King’s culture and ethos. We want you to be completely at ease in choosing us to represent you and your children.

Why choose Cartwright King?

Child care cases can come before the Courts very quickly, and require immediate action from parents and solicitors. Our solicitors are used to dealing with matters at short notice, and can quickly respond to changing situations.

Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with people from all walks of life and working with families facing all sorts of problems from mental health to substance abuse, and from domestic abuse to injured children.  

We are here to help you, not judge you. We will do everything we can to keep your family together. Our experienced solicitors can talk to you about different ways forward at each stage of your case, so that you can make informed choices based on sound advice and knowing all the options available to you.

How much will it cost?

In most cases, Legal Aid is available for Child Care Proceedings. Parents and family members who have parental responsibility for a child or children will automatically qualify for Legal Aid and free legal advice. 

To discuss your eligibility for Legal Aid please call us, or email your enquiry.

If you don’t automatically qualify for Legal Aid, in certain circumstances, we can make an application for Legal Aid to argue your case. Our solicitors can discuss this option with you and talk to you about the circumstances where you may qualify for funding.

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Frequently asked questions.

If your child is taken into care because of a Care Order, your council will share responsibility for making most of the important decisions about your child’s upbringing, including:

  • who looks after them
  • where they live
  • how they are educated

If you agree to your child becoming ‘looked after’ and there is no care order, you’ll continue to have parental responsibility for your child.

In either case, the council is responsible for:

  • making sure that an appropriate standard of care is provided
  • making sure only suitable people are employed to look after your child
  • providing proper training and support to staff and foster carers
  • listening to your child’s views and your views about care arrangements and taking their religion, race, culture and background into account
  • making sure your child has someone independent to talk to and knows how to complain if necessary

The child may be placed with either:

  • another relative
  • a foster carer
  • a children’s home

Under Section 34(1) of the Children Act (1989), your Local Authority Children’s Services department must allow you reasonable contact with a child if you are:

  • The parent
  • A guardian
  • A person who held a Residence Order or Child Arrangements
  • Order for residence immediately before a Care Order was made; and
  • A person who had care of the child under wardship immediately before a Care Order was made

If an Emergency Protection Order has been made by the Court, and there are still concerns for your child’s safety, an Interim Care Order or a full Care Order, may be made by the Court, or the agreement of someone with parental responsibility for your child to continue living in the accommodation found for them.

If you oppose your child living away from you, you should contact Cartwright King immediately. You can appeal against a Care Order but you need to know that these are not often successful.

The safety and security of your child will be the priority, but the social worker should try to do all they can to cause as little disruption to their life as possible and should listen to your and your child’s views and take them seriously.