Child Protection

Child Protection Plans

If the Local Authority have concerns about your children they will come and speak to you. Consequently if they continue to be concerned they may place your child on a Child Protection Plans. If Social Services have contacted you and you need advice. Then please contact us immediately.

What are Child Protection Plans?

A Child Protection Plan enables both the family and associated professionals to understand what is expected of them in relation to the welfare and safety of a child. The Child Protection Plan is a written record for parents, carers and professionals. A Child Protection Plan should:

  • assess the likelihood of the child suffering harm and look at ways that the child can be protected;
  • state the members of the Core Group;
  • clarify the actions to be taken to protect the child; and
  • outline ways of monitoring and evaluating progress.

A record of the Child Protection Plan will be kept by the agencies that were invited to the meeting. Including  the parents and furthermore any older children.

What is  a Child Protection Conference?

A Child Protection Conference is a meeting that is designed to help plan the best way forward for safeguarding a child or children. So parents are encouraged to attend these meetings. They have the right to take someone for support or to have a family law solicitor present. This meeting determines whether or not the child/children have suffered. Likewise or are likely to suffer any significant harm. The meeting will also aim to determine whether or not there should be a formal Child Protection Plan put into place.

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If this is agreed upon, then a detailed statement will be given to the parents outlining the protection services to be provided. If it is decided that a formal Protection Plan is not necessary but there are still concerns about a child’s wellbeing. Then an agreement may be made between the parents, older children and professionals that a ‘family support plan’ should be put in place. (This is sometimes known as a ‘child in need’ plan). There will be a review Conference three months after the initial Conference. Then the Protection Plan is looked at and decisions are reached as to whether or not the plan needs to continue. In some cases, the Conference may exclude a parent from the meeting, for reasons including:

  • They are suspected of being the perpetrator of abuse or neglect;
  • Have a history of violence or is likely to be violent towards someone at the meeting;
  • They have severe mental health issues, or,
  • Are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Social Services Advice 

So perhaps you want advice as Social Services have told you they are concerned about your children. Or maybe you feel you have wrongfully been excluded from a child protection meeting. You should speak to your Ashmans Family solicitor and they will help you.  Ashmans Solicitors have experienced solicitors who will provide you with the assistance you need. If you are financially eligible you may qualify for legal aid. Please see our page on Legal Aid to see if you qualify for child protection plan

Contact Ashmans Solicitors now for a free, no-obligation enquiry.  All enquiries are welcome. You can use the Contact Us form regarding your legal query – please be as detailed as possible. So to help us answer you quickly.  First of all you will need to describe the issue you’re having. Furthermore then tell us what you want to achieve.

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Why Choose Us for your Family Law case?

  • We work with legal aid clients and can assist with obtaining legal aid, if that is appropriate.
  • We offer you a free initial consultation.
  • We are always aware of the relevant laws and regulations relating to children, including patient confidentiality and medical treatment.
  • We have the sensitivity to understand the needs of a child when representing their interests.
  • We demonstrate the ability to represent our clients effectively.
  • We show commitment to representing the interests of clients, especially children.
  • Our experienced family law team will always put you and your child’s best interests first.
  • We have multi-lingual staff in all of our offices, who will give you immediate assistance.
  • You can be assured of competitive prices and a very high success rate.
  • We have an expert team of in-house family law specialists, each with many years of experience representing clients in family courts.
  • We are dedicated to providing the best possible legal advice and services to those going through difficult times.
  • Our understanding and experienced family solicitors can give you professional guidance and support on getting a divorce or a civil partnership dissolution. They’ll also advise on other options, such as legal separation.
  • If you’re being forced into a marriage against your will, we can help you to arrange a Forced Marriage Protection Order.
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