Child Care Law

The law relating to children is very specialised and constantly developing and changing. Barrett & Thomson is unusual in having three very experienced solicitors who work in this area of the law.

The department advises and acts for children (through their court-appointed Children’s Guardian), and for parents or other relatives in a wide range of proceedings relating to the care and welfare of children including:

  • care proceedings, where Local Authority Social Services Departments are applying for orders enabling them to remove children from their parents’ care
  • applications for discharge of care orders
  • proceedings concerning the residence of children with one or other parent or with other relatives
  • issues of contact between children and their parent(s) and between children and other adults significant to the child
  • adoption and fostering of children

This department also has lawyers who undertake work relating to the residence of and contact with children, and cases involving child abduction.

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