Samantha WoolleyAssistant Solicitor
Member of the child care team.
I am an assistant solicitor within the child care team. I am also a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and a member of the Law Society Children's Panel.
I represent parents, children and other family members within public law proceedings where a local authority is seeking to remove children from the care of their family for a number of reasons.
I have been a qualified solicitor since March 2010 and joined Anthony Collins in January 2011. I have only ever practised in family law and being a family solicitor allows me to represent the most vulnerable people within society at a critical time in their lives.
The limited number of placements in England and Wales and the complex needs of these young people, who have often reached a crisis point and desperately need to be securely placed for their own wellbeing, has lead to a shortage of suitable placements.
When a grandparent, or other person, is named in a Child Arrangements Order as someone who is to spend time with a child then the court can grant that person, irrespective of the fact they are not the parent of the child, Parental Responsibility for the child for the duration that the order has effect.
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