Need help or advice?

These help and advice pages provide easy-to-follow information about the laws and procedures that young mothers and fathers and young parents-to-be may need to know when social workers become involved with their child.

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The information on these pages will help you understand your rights and options. You will find information about children’s services, child protection and the kinds of legal proceedings (care proceedings) that can be started by children’s services if they are worried about your child.

There are separate pages to help young fathers and young parents who are care leavers.

There is also specific information to help you if you and your child are affected by domestic violence.

On each page you can look through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to some of the questions young parents most often have. You can also use the A-Z pages to help you understand the words and phrases that social workers often use.

The information on this website:

  • Is intended for guidance only and whilst every effort is made to ensure it is correct at the time of publication, it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice or for individual advice about your case
  • Refers to the court process in England and Wales. Wales has some differences in law and guidance to England, so if you live in Wales and are unsure, please check wtih Family Rights Group via our free advice line
  • Does not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Advice for care-experienced young parents and parents-to-be

Family Rights Group has partnered with Become to provide specialist advice and support to care-experienced young parents, or expectant parents, who are involved with children’s services.

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Family Rights Group
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Family Rights Group

Established in 1974, Family Rights Group is the charity that works with parents in England and Wales whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children who are unable to remain at home. You can find more information about the projects and initiatives led by Family Rights Group on the Get involved pages on this website.