Written agreements in cases involving Social Services are always a tricky thing. It is important that the wording is clear about what is being asked of a parent and what is okay and what’s not. It is also important that they are fair and not “setting a parent up to fail”
These would be my golden rules for parents about written agreements
1. Don’t sign one unless you understand every single bit, and you’ve been told clearly what will happen if you don’t stick to it
2. If you have a lawyer, you should ask for legal advice BEFORE you sign it. If you don’t have a lawyer, say that you want the Local Authority to hold a Meeting Before Action, so that you can have free legal advice about the agreement.
3. If you think that something isn’t fair, say so
4. If you’re willing to do what is…
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