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Guiding You Through Care Proceeding

At Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors, we understand the profound concern and distress parents face when involved in care proceedings. The prospect can be daunting, surrounded by a sea of misinformation and complex legal jargon.

Adel Jibs is well-versed in navigating the intricacies of care proceedings, we offer clarity and guidance to those who are seeking help to understand this sort of proceedings.

At Adel Jibs, we get asked questions, and as such, we provide a clear view into the legal journey ahead.

Below are the questions that we come across?

  1. What unfolds when social services intervene?

The involvement of social services typically signals concerns about a child’s welfare. Care proceedings commence when social services make an application the court asking the court to look at the child’s situation as such decide as to whether the child needs help or not.

Even if you believe the concerns to be unfounded, it’s important to recognise that social workers act with the child’s best interests at heart, as a result, this period can be emotionally taxing for both parents and children. Immediate legal advice is crucial as the as the initial hearing may be scheduled on short notice and carry significant implications.

  • Navigating the Legal Maze of Care Proceedings

The legal path of care proceedings is intricate, involving several stages before reaching a resolution:

Initial Application: Social services make an application to the court requesting that the court investigate the child’s case. The application is supported by a statement and report detailing their concerns in regard to the young child or children which concerns have been raised about. As a parent with parental responsibilities, you are considered a party to these proceedings and will receive copies of all paperwork as it relates to the proceedings.

Emergency Measures: Should there be a pressing need to remove your child from your care, social services will seek an Emergency Protection Order or an Interim Care Order. Your legal representative will play a crucial role in these discussions, ensuring your voice is heard.

Case Management Hearing: This critical hearing, occurring within 12 days of the application, determines the necessary evaluations and evidence for the court’s decision-making process.

  1. Issues Resolution Hearing: Here, parties aim to agree on vital matters like living arrangements and contact. If consensus is reached, proceedings may conclude at this juncture.
  2. Final Hearing: This is the decisive stage where long-term plans for your child are established. Your solicitor’s expertise is invaluable in presenting your case compellingly.
  • Possible Outcomes:

The court may issue various orders, including Care Orders, Supervision Orders, and others, based on the child’s best interests.

  • Timelines:

The process is designed to conclude within six months, barring exceptional circumstances that warrant extension.

Can Children Be Removed Without Evidence?

No removal can occur without your consent or a court’s mandate, ensuring there’s a basis for any such drastic action.

Why Might Social Services Intervene?

Intervention reasons range from abuse and neglect to parental incapacity, each aimed at safeguarding the child’s welfare.

The Consequences of Non-Compliance

Ignoring court orders only exacerbates the situation. Legal Aid is available for parents in proceedings, emphasising the importance of securing experienced legal representation promptly.

At Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors, we’re committed to providing the support and expertise necessary to navigate these challenging waters, ensuring your rights and your child’s welfare are at the forefront of our efforts.

Please note that the information provided here serves general purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice.

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