Care Proceedings

What do we do?

We advise and represent children, parents and other family members in Children Act matters, specifically, Pre-Proceedings, Care Proceedings, Special Guardianship Orders, Placement Orders and Adoption Orders.  We cover the whole of the Black Country area as well as Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester.

We have a combined experience of 80+ years within the department having dealt with the whole spectrum of cases and clients all with differing needs and expectations.  Many of our clients have mental health issues, learning disabilities and substance dependency, all of which are dealt with in a professional, sympathetic and uncomplicated way so there is no confusion or misunderstanding.  We do not use jargon and we all hail from the Black Country so we “tork proper”.

How we do it?

We provide our clients with updates on their matters on a regular basis.  We are readily available in person, by phone or by e-mail to deal with any questions and queries as and when they arise.  We are a friendly and knowledgeable team where the client comes first.

Our legal experts are here to provide all the help and advice you need, call us today on 0121 511 2233.

Pre-Proceedings

Receiving a letter from social services regarding concerns about the care of your children is not pleasant, but giving us a call and having a quick chat by phone to arrange an appointment to see one of our staff to discuss your situation and concerns, will soon put things into perspective and perhaps not be as daunting as first thought.  If you are a mother or father (assuming you have parental responsibility) of a child and receive a letter from social services inviting you to a legal meeting under the Public Law Outline (PLO) then give us a call on 0121 511 2233 and we can be by your side in those meetings and guide you through the process to achieve a successful outcome.

Legal Aid is available to parents in these matters irrespective of income but a copy of the initial letter inviting them to the PLO meeting will be required as evidence.

Care Proceedings

Being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes social services may need to become involved with you and your family, we can represent children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, in fact anyone related to the child or even a friend of the family, but it is parents who have access to Legal Aid irrespective of any capital or income whether they earn a penny or a million pound.

Other people wanting to be represented in care proceedings may need to fund their own representation even if they are on benefits give us a call if you are in any doubt.  It is possibly the most stressful time in your life in dealing with a child being removed from your care, we have an understanding, sympathetic and experienced team who will guide you through each stage providing explanations of the more complex legal issues.

Adoption Orders

You have committed to being a parent for a child forever what better way of cementing this relationship than applying for an Adoption Order, this allows the child to have a new birth certificate and have the family name.  This is a joyous time for the whole family and we can help you with this process, give us a call and we can take you through the process.

Placement Applications

This is where the Local Authority are making an application for a child to be placed for adoption and very often will be heard at the same time as any care proceedings.

Special Guardianship Orders

These are Orders which allow you to care for a child who isn’t yours biologically but you wish to care/or are caring for a child.  Legal Aid is not automatically available for these matters and can be funded either by you or by the Local Authority.  In some circumstances Legal Aid may be available call us to discuss this further.

Special Guardianship Orders allow you to care for the child and be a special guardian until the child reaches 18 years of age.  You are granted parental responsibility by the Court and a change of the child’s surname may also be considered, in order to integrate into the new family set up.


John Burn

John Burn

Consultant

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Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee

Paralegal

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John Chapple

John Chapple

Consultant

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Melissa Cruickshanks

Melissa Cruickshanks

Solicitor

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