The definition of significant harm incorporates emotional abuse. If it is felt that a child is living in a household in which there is domestic violence, then it can be held that the child is at risk of or suffering significant harm, which can result in the removal of a child. There is an obligation on parents to protect their children, not only from physical harm but also from emotional harm. It is of the utmost importance that if the Local Authority make allegations that domestic violence is taking place in the home you contact MSB Solicitors for help and support. You must be seen to be taking action to protect your child from the domestic abuse and we can assist you in obtaining injunctions and other orders against the perpetrator.
Legal aid will be available to represent you.