When a local authority has concerns about the welfare of a child who may be at risk of harm or neglect, a Section 47 enquiry is launched, usually followed by a Pre-proceedings meeting with the child’s parents, guardians or carers – as well as the child if they are old enough to understand what is happening.
Parents should attend the meeting with their solicitor, who can present their case to Social Services.
If parents agree to cooperate with Social Services and put in place measures to ensure their child is safe and is well cared for, the local authority may decide that a Supervision Order is appropriate.
A Supervision Order enables the local authority to monitor the situation and maintain a degree of control over the child to ensure their wellbeing, without taking the child into care.
Duncan Lewis Social Services solicitors can advise parents on the implications of a Supervision Order – and how to prevent a local authority from taking their child into care.
Parents or the child can also apply to the court to have a Supervision Order discharged – and Duncan Lewis can advise on how to prepare an application to the court, as well as representing the parents or child in court to discharge a Supervision Order.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our team is well placed to help you with any matters involving Social Services, including Supervision Orders.
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s largest providers of Legal Aid family law services – including child care law – and in some cases may be able to offer Legal Aid funding for child care cases, including help with the costs of applying for court orders or challenging court orders if a client is on benefits or has a low income.
In cases where a client is not eligible for public funding (Legal Aid), Duncan Lewis Social Services solicitors offer a fixed fee for an initial client interview and assessment of a case involving a Supervision Order.
After a case has been assessed, it is usually possible for a fixed fee arrangement to be put in place – and Duncan Lewis will always advise clients of the costs in advance.
Duncan Lewis children lawyers always advise clients who are seeking help with child care matters – including Supervision Orders – to get in touch as soon as possible before the situation escalates.
Once you have contacted Duncan Lewis, we can act swiftly in any child care matter and put in place measures to help resolve the issues and prevent children being taken into care.
For expert legal advice on all child care matters – including Supervision Orders – contact Duncan Lewis Social Services Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.