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Children's social services

Wide ranging advice and support for local authorities and other public, private and third sector organisations concerned with the welfare of children.

Children's Social Services is one of the most complex areas of the law, as decisions are made, often on behalf of very vulnerable young people, which can have far reaching consequences. Ensuring that the best interests of these children are represented at all times is of paramount importance, and thus it is essential that professionals who work with children are properly advised on their duties and obligations.

Weightmans' specialist Children's Social Services team covers all aspects of child law, both individual cases and also wider strategic issues. We have knowledge and expertise on all aspects of child protection, fostering, adoption and the implications of the Children Act 1989, the Adoption & Children Act 2002, the Children Act 2004 and the Children and Young Persons Act 2008.

Perhaps more importantly, we also understand the discretion and diplomacy with which these issues must be dealt. Our team includes solicitors who have previously worked for local authorities and who understand the wider sensitivities of such matters. They also appreciate the demands placed on Children's Services Departments and the pressures that they face on a day-to-day basis. This unique insight allows us to balance the needs of the child, the resources of the departments and the requirements of the law, to find meaningful solutions to both specific cases and general policy issues.

We also provide advice, support and training on legislation and government guidance for senior managers and those working directly with service users.

In addition our team uses its experience and expertise to provide quality advice and training to the NHS and other health care providers on issues involving children, such as consent to treatment, patient confidentiality, inquests and multi-agency liaison. Click here for further information on this aspect of child law.

For further information please contact Morris Hill on 0151 242 7990 or by email

Morris and Sallie are associate solicitors in the Local Government team and specialise in all aspects of education and children and adults social services law.

Simon Goacher
"Unique insight allows us to find meaningful solutions to specific cases and general policy issues"
Simon Goacher

Direct dial: +44 (0)151 243 9582
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