If Children’s Services and the Local Authority believe that a child in your care is suffering or is likely to suffer harm as a result of your care, they may decide to apply to the Court. If Children’s Services think that your child should be removed from your care or that they need to share parental responsibility (PR), they will apply for a Care Order. If they consider that your family needs assistance but that your child does not need to be placed outside of the family, they will apply for a Supervision Order. On rare occasions, in an emergency, alternative orders may be sought such as Emergency Protection Orders or Secure Accommodation Orders. It is also possible that the Police could become involved and remove your child under Police Protection. The Court proceedings for Care or Supervision Orders are identical. The only difference is where your child will live whilst the proceedings are taking place and who will have PR. In order for Children’s Services to persuade the Court that a Care or Supervision Order is needed, they need to show that your child is suffering or is at risk of suffering significant harm in your care. This is known as the Threshold Criteria. At the end of the proceedings, the Court will make decisions as to the future of your child. This could involve the child being placed back in your care, in the care of a family member or outside the family. It is open to the Court to make a number of orders at the conclusion of the proceedings, including the following:
• Placement Order which allows Children’s Services to place your child for Adoption
If you are notified by Children’s Services of their intention to apply for Care or Supervision Orders, we recommend that you immediately instruct a Solicitor to assist you and to represent you at the Court hearings. At Hepburn Delaney, we have a specialist team of Lawyers and support staff dealing with Child Protection and Public Law proceedings including Care and Supervision order applications.
To contact us, please:
Call us on 01442 218090
Send an email to email@example.com
Fill out our enquiry form and speak to one of our Children Team today.
What our customers say about us
"Quite frankly you have been brilliant, supportive and kind, most of all very well informed, professional and very clear on the path to take. You supported me every step of the way and achieved the most positive outcome far beyond my expectations and your support during this difficult time was constant. "
"I found Hepburn Delaney to be totally professional, compassionate and very understanding. All the team have been brilliant to deal with. A special thank you to Rebecca Delaney; without her being at the end of the phone when a crisis happened I could not have coped. I would strongly recommend Hepburn Delaney to anyone who needs a solicitor with the personal touch."
"I would like to thank Gemma for her outstanding work on my case. Her expertise and attention to detail were tremendously valuable."