You have a human right to family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. That right to family life should not be interfered with by social work services – or the Children’s Hearing – unless necessary.
Social work services can become involved with families for a range of reasons. Whatever the basis for that involvement – and however well-intentioned it may be – it can often cause great upset and disruption to family life. If you need specialist advice, please call our child protection lawyers on 0141 778 9657 or complete our online contact form today.
Social work investigations may amount to nothing and you can revert to normal family life in early course. However, it is often the case that these investigations are ongoing for weeks and months and can at times lead to a referral to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration or an application for a Child Protection Order being made at the relevant sheriff court (see: Emergency Care Orders). It is never too early to seek advice in relation to social work involvement.
We can provide advice and assistance in relation to any social work involvement with your family and guide you through any investigatory stage, any child protection proceedings (including child protection case conferences) and any subsequent Children’s Hearing or court proceedings to ensure that your rights – and the rights of your family – are protected. Call our team today on 0141 778 9657 or complete our online contact form.
Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.
If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.
Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.
The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.