Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-
When, during any private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989, i.e. proceedings for child contact and child residence, a question arises about the welfare of the child, and it seems to the court that it might be appropriate for a Care Order or Supervision Order to be made, the court will direct the local authority to undertake an investigation into the child’s circumstances and report its findings to the Court.
During the investigation, the social worker conducting the investigation will need to consider:
- If the local authority should consider applying for a Care Order;
- If the local authority should provide services or assistance for the child and her/his family ;
- If the local authority should take any other action in relation to the child.
The report must cover:
- History of Children’s Services and other agency interventions;
- Profile of each child;
- Profile of each adult who is party to the proceedings;
- The response of the family members to the current circumstances.
This report can sometimes take 14 weeks to prepare, but if a judge is concerned about a child he can ask a report to be carried out sooner.
The social worker will speak to you and will in most cases speak to the child/ren, but what they say and how they talk to the children will depend on the age of the children.
If you would like legal advice or help with your family case, please contact our Family Solicitors.