Whether you want to challenge a decision about a child’s welfare, make arrangements to have more frequent contact or simply make sure a child is being looked after, we’re here to help the parents and relatives of children who have been taken into care.
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For many of our clients, having a child taken into care is their very first experience coming face to face with child care law. To the average person, childcare law in the UK seems complicated and clinical — especially when it’s applied to their own children.
We know that not being able to see your child freely or know exactly what’s happening to them at every moment is unsettling and frustrating, to say the least. Not understanding the legal process only intensifies these feelings.
Often, it helps to speak to a childcare solicitor when you feel overwhelmed by child care proceedings.
Our patient and understanding solicitors can help with all aspects of child care, including:
Putting the child care system into context by speaking in simple terms that are easy to understand.
Explaining Local Authority decisions in a way that’s less clinical and more compassionate.
Supporting you in arranging more suitable and frequent terms of contact.
Informing you of the rights of you and your child.
Empowering you to speak out if you’re unhappy and appeal against decisions you disagree with.
Assisting you to make a formal complaint about treatment if you’ve formerly been in or are currently receiving care.
Helping you to adapt to this new normal (even if it’s only for a short while).
Although we might not be able to transform your situation instantly, we can help you make sense of it while actioning small changes and crafting a long-term plan for a brighter family future.
It’s a good idea to seek legal advice and representation at the start of any child care proceedings. As a parent or relative of a child in care, you will need to attend important meetings, submit paperwork and be part of an investigation. A childcare solicitor will help you understand what is happening and make sure you fulfil your obligations.
A childcare solicitor will explain the basics of childcare law in easy-to-understand language so that you can better understand the process that you and your child are going through. A childcare solicitor can also assist you in taking action like appealing against a decision made regarding a child’s welfare or requesting new contact arrangements.
A childcare solicitor can represent an individual that wants to make a formal complaint against a care provider. If you are unhappy with the treatment you have received or are receiving, you should speak to a child care solicitor to see if you have a feasible case.
Always look for childcare solicitors with ample experience in childcare law across the UK (or whichever country you’re living in). At Lockings, we have years of experience in many niche areas of childcare law, including child abduction and private adoption.
Our team of experienced child care solicitors are familiar with court proceedings, routine investigations and the role of the Local Authority––all of which are vital for cases with children in care.
Plus, many of our solicitors are members of the Law Society Children’s Panel, meaning they have the qualifications and experience to represent children and parents in even the most complex cases.
If you are a customer of Lockings Solicitors and we have contracted with you online you may be entitled to use the EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform to assist in resolving any dispute with us. This service can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/odr.
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