Image of pre-proceedings meeting - Brendan Flemings can represent you for your Child Care Proceedings CaseThe Letter Before Proceedings will ask you to attend a Pre-Proceedings Meeting. It is here you will get to discuss with the local authority their concerns over the welfare of your child.

It is important that having received a Letter Before Proceedings, you contact a Care Proceedings Solicitor who can accompany you to the Pre-Proceedings Meeting and fight your corner.

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Several people from the local authority will be present at the meeting:

  • Your child’s social worker
  • The manager of your local authority’s children’s services
  • A local authority solicitor
  • Your solicitor should be there with you

The Pre-Proceedings Meeting is important as it is your first chance to show you are willing to fight to keep your child.

What Occurs at the Pre-proceedings Meeting?

It’s important that you understand the concerns that the local authority are voicing about the wellbeing of your child because you must agree to make changes to the circumstances causing them concern. If you don’t agree to make such changes in how your child is looked after, the local authority is very likely to ask a court for permission to take your child into care.

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In the meeting, you will:

  • have to answer questions about the way you look after your child
  • be asked if you agree with the suggestions your local authority make about how to change the way you look after your child. You may prefer your solicitor to answer some of the questions for you. They can also say how you want to change the way you look after your child and any other ideas you think will help.

Your local authority will normally send you and your solicitor an agenda for the meeting. This will say what the local authority wants to talk about. You can use this and the letter before proceedings to help be ready. Read carefully what your local authority has said in the letter about why they think your child is not being looked after properly or is out of control.

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Brendan Fleming Solicitors are nationally recognized as a leading choice in the area of care work. We are justifiably proud of our expertise and our success rate. We are contracted to the Legal Services Commission for this type of work and are considered to be one of the leading national firms for publicly funded services.

Our principal, Brendan Fleming, has won a reputation for his innovative approach, spearheading many new ways of securing justice for families caught in the care proceedings trap. He is a member of a select children’s panel and recognized and approved by the Law Society.

If you have been called to a Pre-Proceedings Meeting and need a Care Proceedings Solicitor to help you, contact Brendan Fleming today.

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