Safeguarding and Social Care

Children

Safeguarding children in Suffolk is a priority for SCC Legal Services. We provide excellent legal advice to Children’s Services on all aspects of child protection, fostering and adoption. We have an outstanding relationship with all organisations within the authority responsible for the safeguarding of our children. We ensure that the welfare of all children residing in Suffolk is paramount and promoted.

We provide specialist expert legal advice in cases involving children.

We have specialist lawyers, caseworkers and paralegals that make up our childcare team. We work closely with our clients and understand the pressures and challenges that are present when working in the safeguarding arena. We are accessible to our clients and will provide prompt, clear and thorough legal advice. We operate a duty lawyer system so that advice can be obtained for any query that the client may have. We advise our clients in cases that are both in and out of the court arena. We provide in-house advocacy and continuity of legal representation to our clients.

The Team

Polly Mann - Legal Services Manager
Shivali Naik - Supervising Associate
Giles Jenkins - Advocate
Tom Higgin - Advocate
Aston Fitzgibbon - Advocate
Anna Brennan - Lawyer
Justine Jenkins - Lawyer
Michal Middeke - Lawyer
Natasha Savidge-Haddock - Lawyer
Frances Seager - Lawyer
Lydia Cox - Lawyer
Rebecca Welham - Lawyer
Emily Dundon - Lawyer
Helen Wright - Lawyer
Rebecca Dedman - Lawyer
Laura Wardrop - Trainee Lawyer
Vanessa Roper - Caseworker
Thomas Bettis - Caseworker
Diana Ramalho - Caseworker
Linda Humm - Paralegal
Alicia Webster - Paralegal
Nathan Widmark - Paralegal
Mollie Spencer - Paralegal
Winfred Kamau - Paralegal
Ellice Green - Paralegal
Svetlana Klakovska - Paralegal

Adult

The adult social care team advises social services and their partner agencies on all matters affecting vulnerable people. Our legal team specialise in protecting adults (and over 16’s) through legal proceedings in Court of Protection and High Court.

We advise and represent the council in all other aspects of social care support to adults including mental health, mental capacity assessments, deputyship and complaints. We provide advice in relation to all types of deprivation of liberty, whether in care homes or the community and represent social services in challenges to DOLS authorisations.

Suffolk County Council Legal Services exists to ensure that our clients have specialist, cost effective and practical legal advice at the time it is needed. We are available to advise by phone, email or via face to face, Teams or skype meeting to support clients in making lawful and robust decisions. Our highly experienced legal professionals help our clients understand and overcome the complexities and challenges of the public sector environment, avoiding unnecessary costs to constrained budgets.

The Team

Marie Leonard - Lawyer
Lisa Molander - Lawyer
Annette Lawton - Paralegal