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Overview of Childcare & Social Services Help

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Social Services in relation to Childcare & Adoption

If your enquiry relates to childcare or adoption proceedings, our team of Childcare solicitors will help you to understand the legal process, the steps taken, the timescales involved and above all we will help guide you through the legal maze you face.

Our team of dedicated child care solicitors comprise of 6 solicitors and 5 paralegals.  5 of our solicitors are proud to be on the esteemed Law Society Children’s Panel and are referred to a Children Panel Solicitors.

The Wilson Browne Solicitors team in Northampton, now have 4 children panel member solicitors recognised by CAFCASS, an independent organisation tasked with looking after the interests of children involved in family proceedings and works with children and their families: it advises the court on what it considers to be in the children’s best interests.

The team only deal with this specialist area of work and so you can expect dedicated, professional service of the highest quality. If the local authority have involvement in the life of your family, have invited you to PLO or have issued care proceedings, then you will need compassionate and sensible advice from a solicitor who will not judge but will be there to guide you through the emotional and practical difficulties that you are inevitably facing.

It is important that you know that in most cases, including at PLO and throughout the court process,  you will be entitled to FREE advice and representation by a solicitor through the Legal Aid scheme. We can advise on all aspects of funding when you call us.

The team have many years of experience in all areas of child care work to include :

  • Pre-proceedings work to include PLO’s
  • Legal aid advice
  • Care proceedings
  • Guardian instructions
  • DNA, declaration of parentage and Parental responsibility orders
  • Coercive control
  • Neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Honour based violence
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Clients based outside of the UK.
  • International care matters
  • Cultural differences
  • Non-Accidental Injuries
  • Child deaths
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Emotional harm
  • Physical harm
  • Adoption
  • Special Guardianship
  • Contact within proceedings.
  • Parental alienation
  • Grandparents contact
  • Care Orders
  • Interim Care Orders
  • Supervision Orders
  • Interim Supervision Orders
  • Official solicitor
  • Cognitive and capacity issues
  • Fact find hearings
  • Expert assessments
  • Parenting assessments/ Family assessments/sibling assessments
  • Parental responsibility
  • Foster care
  • Mental health
  • Learning difficulties
  • Use of advocates, interpreters and intermediaries
  • Court hearings
  • Clients who are currently in prison

Strictly speaking, we are not limited by geography in terms of representing clients. However, particularly where legal aid is concerned we are most likely to be able to help if you live in:

Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, Peterborough, North and East Oxfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire.

When you contact the Childcare team, you’ll be drawing on the experience and expertise of one of the most established teams in the area which offers the convenience of meeting you at one of our offices across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester.