There is certainly an element of being “thrown in at the deep end” when the Local Authority initiate Care Proceedings for your children, and you’re exposed to a world it’s likely you’ve never seen before. I thought it would be useful then to bring together a list of terms used during the Child Protection process. This is a working document, so I would welcome reader comments and input into the content and what is covered.
- This covers the law within England and Wales. Scottish and Northern Irish family law are not covered.
- I am not legally trained and write this only as a lay-person.
- All of my wording is my own and the information is from my own experience.
- I refer frequently to “your children”, and mean this in respect of the children involved with Children’s Services.