We can assist you with the following: -
- Representation during PLO proceedings
- Care proceedings
- Applications to become special guardians
If your local authority has concerns as to the care and well-being of your children, they might decide to undertake Public Law Outline Proceedings (PLO). They will invite you to attend these proceedings to highlight areas of concern and to work with you to address these concerns. We can advise you in this process and attend the PLO meeting with you to ensure that any work or assessments arising from these proceedings are appropriate.
In some instances, the local authority’s concerns may be enough for them to start care proceedings. This may involve them seeking the removal of your children into foster care or placing them into the care of another family member during these proceedings.
You may be asked to sign a section 20 agreement for your children to go into foster care. We can advise you whether this is appropriate depending on your circumstances. During care proceedings, we will arrange representation for you at all court hearings and will advise you as to any assessments that social services may undertake and ensure appropriate contact arrangements are in place.
Legal Aid is available to enable you to be represented.
If you wish to become a special guardian for children that you are looking after we can assist you in making the application to court and representing, you in the court proceedings. In some cases, Legal Aid may be available for these proceedings.
If you wish to adopt a child or your child is being adopted, we can represent you in those proceedings.
All our specialist solicitors are members of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel which recognises their skills in dealing with cases regarding your children.