Will my child/ren be taken away from me?

Question:
Will my child/ren be taken away from me?
Answer:

This is often a very real concern for families. In the vast majority of reported child abuse cases it will be assessed that it is in the child's best interest for them to remain at home with their families. This is often where problems are sorted out most effectively.

Sometimes agreement is reached for children to stay with their extended family for a short time while enquiries are made.

If Staffordshire County Council's Families First Service believes it necessary, they can apply to the Court to protect your child if he/she is in danger of significant harm.

If the Police believe that your child is in immediate danger they can take your child to a safe place for up to 72 hours. A safe place may include a family member, a family friend, a foster carer or sometimes hospital.

Staffordshire County Council's Families First Service have to consider the safety and welfare of your child above all else, but they also have a responsibility to try to enable families to stay together.