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Child Law – What is the ‘welfare checklist’?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explain;-

When a court is considering any decision about the well-being and upbringing of a child then the child’s welfare should always be the priority of the judge. The welfare checklist sets out for the court and the professionals all the areas that must be considered when making a decision about a child, whether this is about child contact, child residence or other orders.
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Child Law – What is a Section 37 (s37) report?

Family Solicitors

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.

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Child Law – What is the ‘no order principle’?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explain;-

This is a really important principle that the court must always consider. The court must start from the position that no order shall be made unless the court ‘considers that doing so would be better for the child than making no order at all’.
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Child Law – What is the Children Act 1989?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

The Children Act 1989 is the statute (i.e. the law) which states what a court can or cannot do when making orders about children. It covers all different kinds of situations, such as child residence, child contact and changing a child’s name, all the way through to care proceedings and child abduction. Continue Reading

We are members of specialist Family Law organisation, Resolution;-

At Paul J Watson, Family Law Solicitors in Middlesbrough, we believe that disputing parties in family law matters should be encouraged to resolve problems amicably, rather than proceeding to Court immediately, if at all possible. This avoids the stress and the expense of prolonged court proceedings for our clients.

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Who can attend a Child Protection Conference?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

The parents or carers of the child will be invited to attend. The child may be invited to attend all or part of the conference, but only if they are of sufficient age and maturity to understand the procedure.

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Can a Solicitor come to my Child Protection Conference?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor for Child Protection explains;-

Yes. Parents, carers and children are entitled to have a Solicitor present with them at a Child Protection Conference. The role of a Solicitor at a CPC is as an advisor and to offer support to the client. However, in some circumstances where the client does not feel able, the Solicitor may be able to speak on their behalf.

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Child Protection Plan – What happens next?

Our Child Protection Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

At the Child Protection Conference, a date will be agreed for your first Core Group Meeting, which you will need to attend. Solicitors do not usually attend these meetings as they are informal and relaxed, but in some circumstances you can request that your Family Solicitor attends with you.

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Child Protection – Things to remember.

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

Involvement with Social Services can be a very worrying time and you might have been told that you do not need a solicitor. It is very important that you do seek independent legal advice before agreeing to a working agreement or placement. We offer free no obligation initial appointments to everyone and during that appointment we will assess you for legal aid.

1. The purpose of a Child Protection Conference is to bring professionals together with the family of a child at possible risk of harm;

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