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Children in Care

Advice on specific issues


This is a highly specialised area of law where advice from a member of the Law Society's Children Panel is essential.

What follows is just a very brief guide to some of the orders that can be made by Courts where Social Services think a child is at risk:


  • Emergency Protection order
  • Care order
  • Supervision order.



Emergency Protection Order

Where Social Services think a child is 'likely to suffer significant harm' or where they are being prevented from checking on a child they can ask a Court to make an 'EPO'. The parent won't usually be informed until an order has been made. The order can last for upto 8 days to start with. It gives a Social Worker the power to remove a child from home and place the child with foster carers or in a children's home until the order expires. If it is felt the child should not return home there will be a hearing where the parents can put their side of the story.

Care Order/ Supervision Order

Social Services can ask for a care or supervision order where a child is suffering 'significant harm' because the parents are not caring for the child properly or because the child is beyond their control.
N.B. for information only - this guide does not replace the advice of a solicitor.
A care order will usually mean a child is taken to live with foster carers and can lead (particularly with very young children) to the child being adopted.

Where there is a supervision order the child will stay at home but a Social Worker will meet with the child and parents from time to tome to make sure there are no problems.

Often before there are any Court proceedings the local authority will organise a 'Child Protection Care Conference'. If you have been told there will be one about your child we can go with you (it is illegal for the local authority to prevent us).


For information:

Our Partner Maurice Guyer is a member of the Law Society's Children Panel and will be happy to help you, by telephone on
020 8579 2559 or via e-mail at family@vickers-solicitors.co.uk.


Legal Aid is available for care proceedings free of charge whatever your means if you are a birth parent.


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N.B. for information only - this guide does not replace the advice of a solicitor.



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