If you are currently dealing with childrens services and social workers and are having difficulties keep these notes handy!
Make clear concise notes include the name of the person, the date and the reason for their visit or phonecall
Try and ensure you have someone with you when they visit or telephone and ask them to make notes of what is said
Remain calm, it will stop them accusing you of being aggressive and will keep your head clear to enable you to get your point across
Keep all your notes in a box file so they are to hand when you need to refer to them
If you have a solicitor, don't be afraid to tell the social worker that you will show your solicitor any forms before you will sign them, they cannot force you to sign a blank or incomplete form as its like signing a blank cheque!
If your child is accomodated under section 20 you still have Parental Responsibility (PR) and childrens services, social workers and foster carers will need your permission/consent for anything that they wish to do with your child eg Haircuts, outings, holidays etc
Do your own research and the guidance is all out in the public domain for you: the childrens act, care orders, section 47, section 20, looked after child (LAC), accomodated child-Do a Google search all the information is there!
Utilise sites such as justice for families, family rights group, fassit etc the links for these sites is on the Useful Website Links page of this site
You are not alone lots of families are going through this as we have read on various sites!
Contact us if we can help we will or we can at least guide you to someone who can
Utilise our forums, generate discussions, ask questions, there are many parents out there who are going through what you are facing