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We seek to defend carers (usually parents) against allegations of the murder, manslaughter or causing serious injury to those in their care. Innocent parents accused of child abuse will face frightening problems. There is a culture amongst many members of the medical profession and in many local authorities and police that leads far too readily to a belief that the symptoms they have seen in a child have been caused by the parents or other carers.
Accused? What should I do next?
1. Stay Calm
This will be very difficult to do if representatives of a Local Authority are trying to take your children into care.
Try as best you can to keep notes of all that is said and done and by whom obtaining names and status if possible e.g., medical staff, Social Worker, Police Officer etc.
Then at the earliest opportunity proceed to Step 2.
2. Seek Advice
It is important that you find Solicitors who have experience in dealing with these issues. If you wish to instruct this Practice we will be very happy to help wherever you are located. Give your chosen Solicitors as much information as you have been able to collect.
Legal Aid is automatically available to parents where the Local Authority is seeking a care order. In the early days swift and expert action may possibly prevent matters escalating out of hand.
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Who we have helped
Re M (2011) - Care proceedings end successfully with our client, the mother, and her children remaining together after concerns of emotional harm are quashed.
Re A (2011) - Care proceedings following firm allegations of non-accidental injury (fracture) by the treating doctor and local authority. The applications for care orders were withdrawn and all supervision of our client, the mother, was stopped after it was established, though expert evidence, that a witnessed accident was the obvious cause of the fracture.
Re K (2011) - Complex and lengthy care proceedings conclude with the step-father being able to return home with the mother and child following serious findings of non-accidental injury.
Re T (2011)- After two years of care proceedings a young child has been returned to his parents care and community based assessment ordered with a view to full reunification after "massive bureaucratic incompetence" was found against the Local Authority.
Re G (2011) - A full High Court re-trial (to last 8 weeks) is ordered in relation to findings of non-accidental injury (shaking) and failure to protect after legal argument and new evidence is considered.
Re S (2011) -Care proceedings following allegations of emotional harm. Our client, the mother, secured the return of her baby after a couple of months in local authority care after the local authority conceded there was no immediate risk of harm; community based assessment to follow.
Re R (2011) - Care proceedings following allegations of non-accidental injury (shaking). We were able to establish the timing of the infant's collapse and exclude our client, the mother, from the pool of perpetrators. The infant was rehabilitated back to her care following full exoneration in relation to the injuries and any failure to protect.
View the SRA Code of Conduct 2011