Care Proceedings

What are Care Proceedings?

Care Proceedings are Court Proceedings issued by the Children’s Services department of the Local Authority where an application is made for a “Care Order” or “Supervision Order” in respect of a child. If Children’s Services believe a child is at risk of significant harm, they can apply to court for permission to take action to protect the child – these are known as Care Proceedings.

In what circumstances might care proceedings be issued?

If Children’s Services believe a child is suffering significant harm or at risk of suffering significant harm, they can apply to court for permission to take action to protect the child.

Pre-Proceedings Meeting

Care Proceedings will only be initiated after all efforts have been made to keep the child with their birth family.

This meeting is a final attempt in preventing the matter going to court. If you get sent a pre-proceedings letter,  contact us for free advice via telephone or face to face.

Availability of Legal Aid

Legal Aid is available for parents in these cases and for anyone else who holds Parental Responsibility for a child involved in the proceedings.