A Public Law Outline Meeting, often called a PLO, is profoundly serious.
These meetings, also commonly called a pre-proceedings meeting, are usually the last step that social services will take prior to taking a case concerning the welfare of a child or children to court.
If a child welfare case gets to this point, it is usually because they are extremely concerned about child welfare, and if you have received a letter inviting you to a PLO meeting, you should seek legal advice immediately. It is highly likely that social services have invited you to this meeting because they are considering taking your case to court, usually to seek orders which will enable them to protect a child or children.
Acting for parents where they are in dispute with the Local Authority
Stuart Gordon Solicitors has extensive experience of helping parents deal with such situations, and we can help you today. PLO meetings are often the last opportunity parents have to discuss with social services the welfare of their child or children prior to the case being taken to court.
It is usually a final chance to discuss with social services what steps need to be taken in order to protect the child or children from harm, in accordance with the ‘Public Law Outline’, which is a set of rules that social workers must follow when dealing with serious cases of this type. At such meetings, social services will express their concerns to parents, and try to find a way to come to an agreement in order to protect the child or children from harm, hopefully without the need to go to court.
Assistance with Public Law Outline Meetings
Stuart Gordon Solicitors regularly represents parents at such meetings, and helps them to prepare for them. Before the meeting, social services will send you a ‘letter before proceedings’, which will serve as an invite to the meeting, and also explain the concerns that social services have, what they have done so far to help you, and what they expect from you going forward.
You are entitled to have a solicitor with you at the meeting, and if you are the parent or an adult with parental responsibility, you will be eligible for legal aid to cover any legal costs. A solicitor for social services will also attend to give legal advice to the social workers.
If you do not attend the meeting, it is very likely that social services will take the case to court, and so it is important to do so, with the help of an expert solicitor, such as Stuart Gordon Solicitors.
Contact Stuart Gordon Child Welfare Solicitors Leeds
If you have received a ‘letter before proceedings’ it is important to contact us to discuss the matter immediately; we can help you. Not only do we have the legal knowledge and expertise, but we also understand the stress and anxiety the situation is likely to put you in. Please contact us today, and we will be glad to assist you.