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BHP Law provide child care proceedings advice and other child care law advice from accredited child care lawyers. Our child care lawyers are child centred, proactive and give child care proceedings advice in the most trying and stressful circumstances.

 

Local Authority Child Care Intervention Legal Advice

On occasions, it becomes unclear whether a child or children are being afforded the care and nurturing they deserve by their immediate and extended family.

In some cases the State (usually Local Authority) steps in and asks the Court to consider the welfare of the children and whether there is a need for a protection plan, which, at its extreme would mean the children being placed out of parents' care with approved foster carers.

Where there is Local Authority intervention a parent may have already attended a Child Protection Conference where a number of professionals have met with parents, and often child care legal advisors, to share and resolve concerns over the child(ren).  The authority should not be removing or attempt to remove children from their primary carer unless there is clear and compelling evidence the child’s welfare demands it.

There are a number of ways an authority can help a parent provide what is called “good enough parenting”. An Authority has a legal obligation to help any “family in need” when that intervention and assistance may fulfil such needs.  This would include the provision of:

  • Counselling;
  • Parenting courses;
  • Funding (essential equipment);
  • Advice and assistance;
  • Written agreement (where Local Authority/parents and extended family agree to a plan to promote the welfare of the children).

This list is by no means exhaustive and, essentially, the test is one of “need” in circumstances where the Local Authority can bridge any gap. 

Although the Local Authority can remove children for limited periods, they ultimately have to justify their actions to the Court and so early legal advice in all such cases is strongly advisable.

 

Further Child Care Proceedings Information

Call us today for a free no obligation chat about child care proceedings and any other child care law issues on 0800 590019.  

Alternatively please email with your details or fill in the online initial enquiry form below and one of our Team will contact you within 24 hours.

You may also wish to contact one of our local offices in Newcastle, Durham, Darlington or Stockton in Teesside about child care proceedings.

 

 

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