Children in care

The Stephens Scown family team is independently ranked as the best solicitors for children and family law in the region.


When a local authority feels that children are at risk of significant harm, it may take them into care or place them with other family members.

If you find yourself in this situation, what are your rights? What’s the best way to make your case to the court or local authority? And how can you make sure you’re allowed to give the children a home or have an input into how they are cared for?

Understanding your rights

These situations can be legally complicated, but our dedicated team of specialists are on hand to explain things clearly and use their wide-ranging expertise assist you in every way.

Sympathetic, friendly and approachable, our team has long experience in representing family members grappling with children in care issues, including:

  • mothers
  • fathers
  • adult siblings
  • grandparents

We also have significant experience representing children in instructions from their court-appointed guardian. So if you are a child’s guardian, we can also act for you in court proceedings.

Expertise you can rely on

The quality of our advice in family law has seen us ranked as the best team in Devon and Cornwall by Chambers and The Legal 500, the two leading independent legal guides.

We’re also members of the Law Society’s Children Panel and the Law Society’s Family Panel – and accredited Resolution Specialists in children’s matters. Whatever expertise it takes to achieve a successful outcome, we can provide it for you.

Do you know about CAFCASS?

CAFCASS is the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service. They provide an excellent guide giving further information about care proceedings. Find out more at

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