We have particular experience representing parents facing allegations relating to children. These allegations can be made by their (ex)partner, a third party or the child themselves. Allegations can include:
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- NAI – Non-accidental injury including, baby-shaking, head injuries and falls
- FII - Fabricated and Induced Illness
We understand that these sorts of allegations are devastating and we aim to support you and your children through the process. We have experience working with a range of other professionals including the best QC’s in the country and leading experts. Our team have frequently represented parents, grandparents and other parties in the most serious and complex family proceeding in the High Court and in any linked criminal proceedings. We proactively investigate allegations and have in the past successfully uncovered medical explanations for alleged non-accidental injuries, including bone blood and genetic causes, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Ostegenesis Imperfecta, Vitamin D deficiency and Von Willebrands.
Our team have experience in both the family and criminal Courts, which enables a smooth handling of matters for our clients when they face allegations which result in overlapping or linked proceedings. Our clients tell us they find it reassuring to know that their matters are being dealt with by one team and the continuity of representation that provides.
It is quite likely if you have a child(ren) and have been accused of a serious criminal offence the Police will make a referral to Social Services. Social Services are under a duty to investigate if they are informed that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer significant harm. They have a statutory duty to make any enquiries that they deem necessary in order to decide whether any action should be taken to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare. When undertaking their assessment social workers will seek to liaise with parents, carers, the child’s school, the child’s doctor, the police and any other professional agencies involved in the child’s life. This assessment is separate to the police investigation however information is likely to flow between the professionals. You will be expected to meet with the social worker and speak to them about your children and the alleged offence. We strongly recommend that before doing so that you seek legal advice from a specialist team like ourselves who are experienced in dealing with overlapping criminal and family matters in order that you do not jeopardise either of your cases by responding inappropriately.
We offer a free initial call with one of our representatives in order to assess whether we are able to assist you and to discuss anticipated fees for our services.