Welcome to the forum for Social Services & Family Court Help

This forum is to help people have an understanding of the process concerning social services and the procedures involved in the Family Courts.

To gain knowledge; 

To understand what you are entitled to regarding social services and your Local Authority;

To enable individuals and families know what rights they have;

To understand the Laws involved, the procedures, the guidelines, the formal documents needed when applying for any order and the court process itself.

Section 7 Reports

23 Jul 2017
A Section 7 is a report about an aspect of your childs welfare that the court may order Cafcass (Children and Family Court Adviso...
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Risk Assessment

23 Jul 2017
Risk is the possibility that an event will occur with harmful outcomes for a particular person or others with whom they come into...
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Guide to applying for a court order about the arrangements for your children without the help of a lawyer

05 Jul 2016
This guide is for you if you are a parent and you disagree with your childs other parent or other family members about things lik...
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Can you change your childs surname?

05 Jul 2016
A mother, or father, cannot change a childs surname by herself or himself unless she or he is the only person with parental respo...
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Conflicts of interest

05 Jul 2016
Expert witnesses have a duty to the court to be independent and objective in the evidence they provide. Judges may, in the exerci...
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Parents with Learning Disabilities.

05 Jul 2016
Where there are concerns that parents / carers have a learning disability, the PAM (Parenting Assessment Manual) should be undert...
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Local Authorities Duty to Consult

05 Jul 2016
It is important to note that, even though under a care order the LA is in the driving seat, they cannot ignore the other passenge...
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Recording Social Workers

01 Sep 2015
Prepare to be very shocked. And then very angry. At the Transparency Project Conference in June 2015, a question was asked abo...
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For the parent in court today (Private Proceedings)

31 Aug 2015
First of all, dont panic. If you stay calm, put forward reasonable proposals, and ensure your proposals are based upon your child...
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Tips of making handover regarding contact between children and non resident parent work.

31 Aug 2015
Handovers are where you are picking the kids up from your former partner to spend time with you, or when you are dropping them of...
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