How can a parent find a solicitor and what exactly is their role in the pre-proceedings process?
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A parent or other person with parental responsibility will be able to get advice from their solicitor during the pre-proceedings process. Parents should find a solicitor who is a specialist in children law. The solicitor will be able to provide advice for free. Parents just need to give them a copy of the pre-proceedings letter.
To find a solicitor, search using the ‘how to find a solicitor’ function on the Law Society website. Look for someone who is a child law specialist. Or who has Children Law Accreditation. For information about working with a solicitor, please see our top tips guide Working with a solicitor.
The solicitor should:
- Meet with the parent/carer before the pre-proceedings meeting
- Go through the pre-proceedings letter with them
- Take instructions from the parent/carer on the concerns children’s services have set out in the letter before proceedings
- Explain the assessments and support that children’s services are proposing
- Give advice
- Speak with the lawyer for children’s services. And raise any queries with the lawyer for children’s services before the pre-proceedings meeting
- Attend the pre-proceedings meeting with the parent
- As assessments are ongoing, talk to the parent or carer if they have concerns or questions about the process.