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New figures have shown that almost half of the children involved with the Local Authority are victims of domestic violence. This is a very upsetting and shocking fact.

A recent report by the BBC shows the problems faced by children who are involved with the Social Services. These include:

  • 49.6% faced domestic violence
  • 36.6% had mental health problems
  • 19.3% had drug abuse issues
  • 18.4% alcohol abuse issues
  • 17.5% faced neglect
  • 6.4% sexual abuse
  • 1.2% were involved with gangs
  • 0.6% were unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • 0.3% were victims of child trafficking

Quite rightly, the NSPCC has reported these figures as “troubling”.

Unfortunately, these figures show that there is a real issue that must be addressed and children involved with the Social Services are going through extremely tough times which is likely to affect them in adulthood and later life.

The overall number of children deemed to be "in need" by social services across England in March 2016 was 394,000.

Ramsdens Solicitors support families that are going through involvement with the Local Authority. Our team can offer advice and representation in all areas of children law including; Parental Responsibility, Special Guardianships Orders, Care Orders and Emergency Protection Orders, including emergency hearings, Supervision Orders, Secure Accommodation Orders and Child Protection Investigation.

In most care proceedings, parents are entitled to free legal aid and at Ramsdens we offer a free initial appointment to assess your eligibility and provide initial advice.

Call our Family Helpline on 08000 147720, email family@ramsdens.co.uk or text LAW to 67777 to book a free information session at any of our 12 offices. You can also contact our 24 hour emergency helpline on 07525 837829, we're here to help!