Legal expertise in child care law & care proceedings

...with you every step of the way!

If Social Services become involved in your family, it is vital that you access experienced and specialist advice as soon as possible.

Eaton Smith’s experienced team of child care solicitors will guide you through this process and assist you in what will be an incredibly stressful time for your family.

We can assist you at every stage in this process from initial assessment right through to court proceedings if this becomes necessary. We will explain in simple and straight forward language what is happening and what to expect when Social Services are involved.

Our team is dedicated and passionate about ensuring that the child’s welfare remains the focus of these proceedings and that the best possible outcome is achieved for you and your family.  We will ensure that you are supported throughout.

We are able to assist parents, grandparents or any other person who is involved in this process.

We also have a member of the team who is a High Court Advocate which allows her to represent you in any level of court and who has Children Panel membership. This means that they have been assessed and accredited to represent both parents and children in these cases.

Our team can advise you on:

  • Care Orders and Emergency Protection Orders
  • Police Protection Orders
  • Supervision Orders
  • Child protection investigations inclusive of Public Law Outline Meetings
  • Special guardianship orders
  • Parental responsibility
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Secure accommodation orders
  • Representation in the event that social services are seeking findings against you


In most care proceedings, parents are entitled to free Legal Aid. Other family members can access Legal Aid as well but this is subject to a means and merits assessment.

We can offer you a free initial half hour appointment to assess your needs and eligibility for funding.

Contact us on 01484 821300 or make an enquiry online at contact us.

Team for You – Child Care Law

T: 01484 821300
Katherine Stephenson
Katherine Stephenson
T: 01484 821474
Zahra Nawaz
Zahra Nawaz
T: 01484 821 337
Karen Roberts
Karen Roberts
T: 01484 821317
Nikita Sproat
Nikita Sproat
Senior Solicitor
T: 01484 821313
Emma Tinker
Emma Tinker
T: 01484 821351
Helen Southgate
Helen Southgate


Thank you for everything you did to help me get where I am now I really appreciate you giving me your time and having faith in me as a person. 

You have certainly helped me a lot by giving me your time and believing in me.

A Client