If social services issue care proceedings, we will represent you within those proceedings.
Legal Aid is available for advice and representation and so there will be no cost to you to be represented in these proceedings.
If social services have issued court proceedings to seek a Care Order, Supervision Order or Emergency Protection Order (EPO) for your child, contact us urgently. We will be able to help you and ensure you are represented in the proceedings and at the Court hearings.
If an Interim Care Order (ICO) is granted at a hearing, social services will share Parental Responsibility with you and may use that responsibility to remove the child into foster care.
If social services have concerns but do not seek to remove your child from your care, they may issue proceedings to seek a Supervision Order instead. A Supervision Order will allow the local authority to offer advice and assistance and to befriend the child. An Interim Supervision Order (ISO) may be made at an initial hearing.
Emergency Protection Order
If an emergency situation arises and there is a concern that your child is at risk of imminent harm, the local authority may apply for an Emergency Protection Order to remove your child from your care on a short term basis. A hearing will be listed at very short notice.
If at the conclusion of care proceedings, social services take the view that you are not able to provide good enough care for your child, they may apply for a Placement Order. They will do so if their care plan is for your child to be adopted. If the court is of the view it is in your child’s best interests to be placed for adoption, they will grant a Placement Order dispensing with your consent to the adoption and authorising the local authority to place your child with prospective adopters. White & Co fully appreciate how devastating this would be and will advise and assist you and can represent you in the proceedings to contest the application.
We are here to assist parents in all of these circumstances and to provide advice and representation at court.
If any of these court proceedings are pursued then social services will have a lawyer of their own. An independent person will be appointed to represent the child who is known as the Guardian and he/she will appoint a lawyer for the child.
It is important, therefore, that a parent also has the benefit of good legal representation.
There may also be circumstances where you are not the parent but an allegation has been made against you and you have been invited to ‘intervene’ in Court proceedings. In these circumstances, you will be known as an intervenor. We can represent your interests in those Court proceedings.