Official Solicitor standard instructions: Children Act 1989

Instructions and templates to help solicitors when instructed by the Official Solicitor.

Applies to England and Wales


Children Act 1989 standard instructions

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Guidance for solicitors about what to do when the Official Solicitor acts as litigation friend of a protected party under the Children Act 1989.

The document:

  • explains your role and the Official Solicitor’s approach
  • offers information about costs
  • details what you’re expected to do around hearings and court proceedings
  • outlines what to do if the protected party recovers capacity
  • contains a model attendance note, statement and letter to social services

Read standard instructions under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Published 15 October 2007