Being notified that your child is subject to a report or investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) can be a harrowing and confronting experience for any family. Child Protection staff operate under the Children, Youth and Families Act and it can often be difficult for a family to know their rights in these situations, or navigate the court process. It is important to know that you have a right to understand the laws impacting your family and to have an independent advocate who can explain what is happening.
Nicholes Family Lawyers possess the expertise necessary to provide guidance, advice and representation in relation to Child Protection matters in the Melbourne Children’s Court. This can include representation in Protection Applications and subsequent hearings, or liaising with representatives from the Department on your behalf.
In these times we appreciate that there are multiple factors impacting on a family and as such our advice is tailored to be easily understood by children, young people, parents and guardians, to ensure that you comprehend the process and likely outcome of your situation. We understand the urgency of Children’s Court matters and seek to resolve child protection issues as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to help make decisions in the best interest of the child and family.
We possess experienced advocates who are capable of provide guidance and representation in relation to:
- Initial investigations and contact with Child Protection workers;
- Protection Applications including the removal of children;
- Your rights in relation to case plan appeals;
- Family Court proceedings;
- Child Protection matters involving Koori families
- Variations, extensions, and revocations of Children’s Court Orders;
- Intervention Orders; and
We pride ourselves on assisting our clients and ensuring that any legal intervention by the Department is limited to that which is necessary to promote your child’s health, safety and wellbeing, and where needed we assist our clients in working towards reunification in a timely manner.
If you are subject to Child Protection intervention, or have questions about your rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.