Helping the unborn ‘children in need’
In recent news, it has been announced that research undertaken by the Department for Education has revealed that in England, one in 50 of those officially classified as ‘children in need’ have not yet been born. Sadly, this statistic will not be surprising to many practitioners in this specialist area of law.
It is generally not just one issue, but a toxic combination of issues that lead to worry surrounding a child’s safety and welfare – potential neglect or abuse are cited as the most common causes for concern, and children born into ‘dysfunctional’ families are often closely monitored.
More than 7,000 of these vulnerable children nationwide have been put into this category before their birth – a figure that is at an all-time high. There has been a steady increase in the number of applications brought by local authorities nationally, but this figure has almost trebled in the South Yorkshire region in the last eight years.
Local authorities are increasingly stepping in for vulnerable children and putting child protection plans in place – most importantly in cases where it is thought the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering significant harm.
In situations involving vulnerable children, it is important to consider and prioritise the child’s welfare above all in order to avoid any unnecessary trauma when resolving family issues, taking special care to avoid disruption to the child’s life.
Often in these instances, many parents find themselves caught in a cycle of circumstances where previous children have been taken away. Receiving good advice at an early stage is critical in order to make positive progress to eventually reaching a reasonable solution for all parties.
If you have any questions on family law, please contact Antony Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org of call on 01302 380225