Children and Social Services

Children Law Specialists

We are leading family lawyers in Exeter. Our children law solicitors specialise in representing families where there is social services involvement with children. We can also advise you on options for funding your case, including legal aid for care proceedings.

  • Are social services involved due to concerns about your children?
  • Have you been asked to attend a Child Protection meeting or a Public Law Outline meeting?
  • Has the local authority started care proceedings?
  • Are you a potential carer for children who are not your own?

How we work

Our highly experienced children law solicitors can provide legal advice to anybody where there is social services involvement with children in the family, including parents, grandparents, siblings or extended family members.

If you have parental responsibility for a child and the local authority has started the Public Law Outline process or made an application to court in respect of your children, you will be automatically eligible for care proceedings legal aid. This means that seeing a solicitor about your situation is free.

A named children law solicitor will deal with your case from start to finish. You will be given clear and focused advice throughout your case, including guidance about your position. We will keep you fully informed about each stage and any outcomes.

Get in touch

Contact us to discuss your circumstances with a member of the family law team.

We are committed to providing an excellent, personalised service for all of our clients. We are accredited with the Lexcel Quality Mark by the Law Society, in recognition of the high quality of legal practice management and client care that our team provides.

Your service was excellent. Penny Scott was excellent, interested in our case, professional, proactive, considerate, reasonable. This was very much appreciated, and helped enormously. Thank you to Penny and all the team.

Parental Responsibility

The Local Authority and Children

Care Orders and Supervision Orders

Adoption

Special Guardianship Orders

The team

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