This page explains the rules surrounding direct payments by the local authority to help with meeting a child’s needs.
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This how to guide sets out the steps that you can take to appeal a decision relating to your child’s statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan including how to lodge an appeal, relevant timescales and how to prepare.
This page explains the law on spending time with a child when a relationship breaks down, including the different types of contact such as supervised or indirect contact and the family court orders for contact.
This page explains the law on deciding where a child is to live including the different types of living arrangements and explaining the family court orders for residence.
This information page will explain the process to change a child's name via deed poll. This includes the requirement to obtain consent and the options available if consent is not forthcoming. What is a deed poll? A deed poll is a legal document that proves a change of name. A person with parental responsibility for a child is able to change any part of that child's name. For example, a person with PR can change a child's forename, surname (or both), add names, remove names, and change the spelling of their name. What is a "known as" name? It is…
This information page will provide advice on the subject of 'Witness Statements'. Witness statements are integral in setting out the evidence which a person intends to rely on during the course of family proceedings. What is a Witness Statement? A witness statement is a written document setting out the evidence of the person writing the witness statement. The evidence presented in the witness statement should include everything that a person intends to rely on in order to support their position. A witness statement differs from a position statement insofar that a position statement does not contain evidence and is much…
The overriding consideration in family proceedings is the question of "what is in the best interests of the child/children?" In answering this question, the court and other professionals are guided by a criteria known as the Welfare Checklist. This page will set out where the Welfare Checklist can be found in statute and will focus on each criterion in greater detail. Where can I find the Welfare Checklist? The Welfare Checklist can be found in Section 1 of the Children Act 1989. The Welfare Checklist Criteria 1. The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of…
This page explains the duties of the local authority to assess and provide support to young people who care for family members.
This page explains the law on smacking and physically disciplining children. It explains when this would amount to an offence and the possible defences to this.
This page provides information on the duties of the Local Authority to provide accommodation to children under the age of 16. It includes information of how the Local Authority will assess a child and the types of accommodation that can be provided.
Why do people make recordings? There are various situations where someone might feel the need to make a recording. In meetings with professionals (e.g. Children’s Services, school staff or Cafcass), parents may feel they need to have an indisputable record of what was said: The parent might be unable to read or write, have a poor memory or difficulty concentrating (e.g. when stressed or due to a disability). It can be difficult to fully participate in a meeting, when trying to handwrite or type notes at the same time. A parent may simply not want to rely on other people's…
This page explains the duties of the local authority to provide accommodation to homeless young people aged 16 or 17.
This information page provides information on domestic & international travel and relocation. It will provide advice on the circumstances which require consent to be provided in order to travel domestically or internationally with a child and the options available if consent is not provided. Introduction NOTE: This information page provides the general legal position. There are circumstances in which a court order has terms included which are specific to the case in question and contradict the general legal position explained below. Therefore, consult the court order first (if there is a court order in place) as this will take precedence. …
This how to guide explains the steps that you an unmarried father or step parent can take to get Parental Responsibility for a child including how to apply to remove Parental Responsibility.