Catherine Stephens

Catherine Stephens
Role:Associate Solicitor, Head of Care, Family Department
Speciality: Child Protection
Phone: 02477 710240
Email: catherine.stephens@alsterskelley.com

Catherine is Head of the Care Department. She supports clients going through public law care proceedings. She acts for children and parents where local authorities are intervening in family life. Catherine is able to advise on other areas of law relating to public child law, including step parent, international adoption and child abduction cases.

Experience

Catherine has 17 years experience in public child law proceedings, including High Court advocacy. She is a qualified representative for children and since 2002 has held the Law Society Children Panel accreditation. Catherine has experience advising on Adoption applications and judicial review applications against Local Authorities in connection with services provided to Children and Families. She is experienced in dealing with complaints against Children's Services Departments and Local Safeguarding Children Boards. Given this experience she has a thorough understanding and knowledge of how local authorities work and can therefore help people through the difficult times if they are involved in the Child Protection process or Adoptions. In addition, Catherine has significant experience of advising on Community Care legislation, including the protection of and provision of services to vulnerable adults, including court of protection applications. Catherine also achieved an Award For Excellence from Leeds City Council for achieving a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Career

Catherine’s proud to have been at the heart of ensuring justice for children and families involved with the care system throughout her career. Furthermore, her thorough knowledge and experience has enabled her to play an instrumental role in restructuring teams to reflect changes made within the Children's Services Department.

Hobbies

Writing, gardening, art and music.

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