Care Department

Care Department

Hall Smith Whittingham’s care department includes an approximate 32 years of collective experience. The department advises and represents parents and family members in proceedings around the following:

  • Pre-Proceedings with the Local Authority;
  • Care Orders;
  • Supervision Orders;
  • Special Guardianship Orders;
  • Placement and Adoption Orders .

Our team is also available to assist with Private Family Orders such as Child Arrangements (for contact and living arrangements), Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders when the same arise within existing proceedings. 

All members possess a strong knowledge of the essentials of each type of Care Proceedings and Private Family Law Orders.W e would however refer clients for standalone Private Law Child Act Matters to our Family Department. 

 Between all members of the team, they have experience in the following:

  • Complex baby death cases;
  • Cases of Non-Accidental Injury to children;
  • Cases involving complex medical issues;
  • Cases involving forensic technical evidence;
  • Cases involving serious allegations of every type of abuse;
  • Cases involving the jurisdiction of other countries;
  • Cases involving the instruction of independent social workers and other experts including medical experts;
  • Court of Protection;
  • Parents or carers who lack litigation capacity (require a 3rd party to act on their behalf);
  • Cases involving children giving evidence;
  • Deprivation of Liberty to Children;
  • Disputes around contact to children on care;
  • Disputes around Parental Responsibility/Declaration of Parentage applications within in care proceedings

 In most Care Proceedings, parents are automatically covered under Legal Aid for full representation and advice. The teams also has experience in representing family members in which Legal Aid is not automatically granted.

 For any queries or any further information please contact a member of the Care Department.

  • Pre-Proceedings with the Local Authority;
  • Care Orders;
  • Supervision Orders;
  • Special Guardianship Orders;
  • Placement and Adoption Orders;
  • Placement and Adoption Orders