Child Protection

Advice From Specialist Children Lawyers

Our children lawyers at Osbornes Law specialise in representing parents, children, grandparents and extended family members in relation to social services involvement with children. If you subject to a care or supervision order contact our lawyers for help and further advice.

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  • “Osbornes is a large team with expertise in private and public children. The strength and depth of the team means that every aspect of the complex cases sent to me is well prepared and properly considered.”

  • I consider the firm to be very experienced in child care cases and to provide a very professional and high standard of work”

The Local Authority may apply to the Court for a Care Order or a Supervision Order.

A Care Order will vest parental responsibility in the Local Authority and they will make decisions for the child including deciding where the child resides.

A Supervision Order will give the Local Authority a duty to monitor children, who will generally remain living at home or with family members. The Local Authority could also apply for an Emergency Protection Order or a Secure Accommodation Order. Legal Aid is available for representation in these types of court proceedings.

Help from specialist children lawyers

Our lawyers provide advice and assistance to parents when social services are involved with families and procedures are put in place to decide whether children should be made subject to a Child Protection Plan. A Child Protection Conference will be arranged to decide whether this is necessary and parents are entitled to legal representation at the conference.

We also provide advice to parents and family members on seeking contact with children in care. We frequently advise on Special Guardianship Orders, which can provide children with a long term placement with family members or other adult carers, as opposed to being adopted.

Why choose Osbornes Law

Many of our children lawyers are members of the Law Society Children Panel. This means they are recognised and accredited by the Law Society for their specialist legal advice and expertise in children matters. They can represent children in court proceedings.

All of our solicitors are members of Resolution who are committed to dealing with children cases in a sensitive and constructive manner. Our solicitors are also members of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

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    • "Bridget Thompson combines her excellent legal knowledge with a clear, succinct and robust style of advice and advocacy. Her approach clearly inspires a high degree of client confidence in her"

      Legal 500 2021

    • "She is excellent. She's very reliable, talks about her cases passionately and is very committed to her clients."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • "I consider the firm to be very experienced in child care cases and to provide a very professional and high standard of work"

      Chambers UK 2021

    • Bridget Thompson is a public law specialist noted for her extensive practice in matters involving alternative families and adoption. An interviewee observes: "She's a fighter, she's clever, and she understands all aspects of a case."

      Chambers UK

    • "Well-regarded family practice assisting clients with substantial matrimonial disputes and sensitive children proceedings."

      Chambers UK

    • "Simone is absolutely on top of the game. She has great attention to detail, and has her clients' needs at heart."

      Chambers UK

    • "Bridget is client-focused, a pleasure to work with and incredibly supportive to her clients."

      Chambers UK

    • Bridget Thompson heads the family team, where client care is the top priority.

      Legal 500

    • Simone McGrath is a highly knowledgeable practitioner with a focus on international child abduction matters. She has a large expertise in public and private law.

      Chambers UK

    • Simone McGrath handles international child abduction cases and challenging care proceedings relating to non-accidental injuries.

      Chambers UK

    • This team is perhaps best known for its children work, often involving complex international dynamics.

      Chambers UK

    • Naomi Angell leads the market in cross-border children law matters. Sources confirm that she is "at the cutting edge of changing law and policy" when it comes to international adoption

      Chambers UK

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