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Childcare Law & Social Services

Family Law and Childcare Solicitors

The law relating to care proceedings and social services involvement is very specialised. Here at Hopkins Solicitors we recognise that you need the best quality advice and representation when you are involved in care proceedings.

What are Child Care Proceedings?

Care proceedings are when a local authority, or social services become involved in a court case where a child and their family is involved. These proceedings can be extremely worrying and you may feel completely overwhelmed by the process. This is especially true if social services are considering removing your child from your care. We can help at any stage of this process including:

How we can Help

If you are in care proceedings or have been notified that you will be, then Legal Aid is automatic and you will not have to pay us any fees to legally support you.

Our specialist solicitors will guide you through the process and give you clear advice throughout in order to give you the best chance of achieving what you want for your family.

We will advise and assist you from the very first stage, right from when a social worker first gets in touch with you. We will attend child protection, child in need and Public Law Outline (PLO) meetings with you to ensure you fully understand the process.

Child Care Proceedings in Court

In cases where the local authority applies to court for an order, we will advise you and provide you with representation at court. We will help you secure legal aid to ensure you get the best outcome for your family.

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  1. Alice Wilkinson

    Alice Wilkinson


  2. Bethany Kirk

    Bethany Kirk


  3. Charlotte Geeves

    Charlotte Geeves

    Apprentice Solicitor

  4. Chris Sedgwick

    Chris Sedgwick


  5. Claire Morris

    Claire Morris

    Chartered Legal Executive

  6. Kathy Askew

    Kathy Askew


  7. Lucy Fisher

    Lucy Fisher

    Associate Solicitor

  8. Oliver Parr

    Oliver Parr


  9. Rebecca Jackson

    Rebecca Jackson

    Director and Solicitor


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