As the number of applications for children to be taken into the care system in England hit an all-time high this year, Children law specialist, Mark Hawkins at Tallents Solicitors in Mansfield, looks at the data in more detail. Mark said:

“Local authorities (LA) are committed to protecting vulnerable children and young people from harm and the care process is only started when the LA has serious concerns about the child’s safety.

 “The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) recently released the total number of care applications for 2015/16, showing that 12,741 LA care applications, involving 21,666 children, were made between April 2015 and March 2016.

 “This is the highest ever recorded number of care applications, and represents a 14% increase on the number of applications made in 2014/15.”

Commitment to child and young person safety from Tallents

“Tallents Solicitors is also committed to helping parents and guardians in all matters regarding care proceedings and children law.

 “Our experts have extensive experience in working closely with parents, guardians, Cafcass officers and local authorities to help support families and vulnerable children facing new and emerging risks to their safety.”

Quality always assured by Children Law Accreditation at Tallents Solicitors  Mark continued:

“As such, Tallents Solicitors is determined to offer the most up to date legal knowledge for our clients at all times.

 “We’re delighted that the expertise offered by our family and children law department is further enhanced as Mat Derbyshire, a family law specialist at Tallents Solicitors in Mansfield, has recently been accepted onto the Law Society’s Children Panel and is now able to represent both adults and children in child-related legal matters. He joins Andy Stout and myself on this panel enabling us to offer services from a department with Expert knowledge and Strength in depth.”

The Children Law Accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children and parents in children law proceedings. Mark finishes:

“Clients needing to access children law advice can rely on the Children Law Accreditation to help them identify suitably qualified practitioners when they need representation for a parent or a child.

 “We recognise that the care process can be overwhelming for parents, extended family and guardians, but the family and child care law specialists at Tallents Solicitors are here to help you understand what is happening.

 “Just call us on 01623 666700, or drop into our free family law clinic, held at our Southwell office every Tuesday evening between 5-7pm.”