Social Services Advice
A visit from social services can be a distressing time, but it’s important to keep a level head.
Social services are there to make sure that children and minors in the country are being treated well by their parents and guardians, for more information on child contact click here.
Here’s some advice on what to do when social services show up at your door.
Get a legal professional at the earliest possible opportunity
If you’re expecting a visit from social services, it’s important to get a legal professional at the earliest possible opportunity.
This will ensure that you have access to expert, reliable legal advice during this time.
Here at DPP Law, our expert team of solicitors have years of experience in these types of cases. Give us a call on 0333 200 5859 or complete our contact form to discuss your next steps.
Make sure your home is clean and tidy
When social services pay you a visit, it’s important that you make an excellent first impression.
It may not seem like it makes a difference, but making sure that all beds are made and washing up has been done will give a much better impression than if your house is not clean and tidy.
Remember: if you own a pet, make sure that it has had a bath – no one wants a smelly dog jumping around all over the place while they’re trying to do their job.
Always be polite
Sometimes, when social services visit, emotions can get the better of us. Many people have lost their temper or even cried during this often distressing time.
What needs to be remembered is that social services are there to asses the homelife of your child, so while you may be frustrated, it’s best to keep your emotions in check.
Losing your temper will only serve to amplify the situation, and raising your voice to a social worker will not work in your favour.
Try to keep your involvement with social services a secret
Unfortunately, many people only have to hear the words ‘social services’ to start judging other. While it may seem like a good idea to confide in friends and neighbours about your experiences, it’s best to keep it under wraps.
You don’t want anyone judging you and coming to their own conclusions.