St Martin's House, 63 West Stockwell St. Colchester, CO1 1HE
Tel: 01206 577676, Fax: 01206 548704

The Chestnuts, 4 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DA
Tel: 01371 873277, Fax: 01371 859232

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Sometimes information is received which raises concerns about a child’s welfare.

In these circumstances the Local Authority may investigate so they can decide whether further action is necessary. If action does need to be taken to protect a child they will need to seek permission from the court. If a child is considered to be in immediate danger of harm, the Local Authority can ask the police to take the child in to police protection for up to 72 hours.

We assist parents of children who are subject to involvement by the Local Authority. If you receive a letter stating that Court Proceedings are going to be issued or a notice of an application to the court you should not have to pay your solicitor, as Legal Aid is available for parents of children involved in these proceedings. In these circumstances public funding (legal aid) is not means tested.