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Children and Families Public Law

Dealing with child protection, education and social care issues when they affect you, your family or your friends can be extremely confusing and emotionally very difficult.

Whether you are fighting to keep your family together, trying to access services for a child or a disabled relative or looking to adopt or foster a child it can be difficult to communicate effectively with the professionals and authorities involved.

The formalities, procedures and the language used can be very difficult to navigate. The Children and Families Public Law department at Alsters Kelley can help make sense of what’s happening and, advise you about what the authorities involved should be doing to help you. 

Our experienced Children and Families Public Law solicitors can also help you to challenge any decisions made that you think are wrong and help you to access the right kind of services for your situation.

Legal aid may be available for parents and carers who are seeking to access social care services for children, to see a child who is living in foster care, or away from home with other family members. In cases where legal aid is not available we will offer a free 30 minute session to see if we can help, or refer you to someone who can.

We can also help charities, organisations and authorities who may need help with child protection policies and processes.

Whatever aspect of Children and Families Public Law support you require, we can help.

Our solicitors and support staff are based across all our offices in Leamington Spa, Coventry, Nuneaton and Southam. If you think we might be able to help, please contact us on 02477 710234 or email

We can provide legal advice on all aspects of Child Protection and Community Law, including:

  • Care Proceedings
  • Wardship
  • Fostering and Private Fostering
  • Adoption and Step Adoption
  • Adult Social Care and Care for Vulnerable Adults and Children
  • Children with disabilities
  • International issues
  • Deprivation of liberty
  • NHS continuing care
  • Grandparents’ rights
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Catherine Stephens
Associate Solicitor, Head of Children and Families Public LawDepartment

Catherine is Head of Children and Families Public Law Department. She supports clients going through public law care proceedings. She acts for children and parents where local authorities are... Read more

Call us on 01926 356000 for more information or for a chat.

Catherine is supported by our Children and Families Public Law team
Nicola Aldridge, Adrian Bannister, Lisa Blizzard, Jane Branson-Clayden, Stacey Brown, Jessica Freestone, Andrea Law, Sibusiso Mafu and Penny Ross

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

With effect from Monday 15th June

We continue to remain open for business. Following recent updates to the Government guidelines, clients with effect from Monday 15th June will be able to attend our offices.

Please note this will be by appointment only and these must be booked in advance to ensure we are able to maintain social distancing measures.

To make an appointment please call any one of our offices: Leamington Spa 01926 356000, Coventry 02477 710200, Nuneaton 02477 710000 or Southam 01926 359355.

Alternatively, if you prefer then please email

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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