When a child is deemed by a local authority to be at immediate risk of harm, the local authority can apply to the courts for a number of emergency orders. When this happens, parents and children require pro-active, expert legal advice in order to take fast action.
The local authority can apply for:-
Emergency Protection Orders (EPO)
A local authority will apply for an Emergency Protection Order if the local authority has cause to believe that a child is at serious risk of suffering harm if he or she is not removed from their current residence, or if the local authority’s investigations are being hindered. If an EPO is approved, the child will be placed in local authority accommodation, or accommodation deemed to be safe, for a period of 8 days extendable by a further 7 days.
In exceptional circumstances, a child or children can be removed by the police under a police protection order for up to 72 hours without a court order.
Our Child Care team can advise and assist parents and family members in opposing any applications made to the court by a local authority. Our lawyers are aware of the need for urgent action when such applications are made, acting swiftly to assess the application and offer the parents and family members easily-understandable advice and solutions to often complex proceedings.
Our team includes lawyers who are members of the Family Law panel, Children panel, BAAF and NAGALRO.
Parents and children within care proceedings are eligible for funding through Legal Aid regardless of financial means. Other family members may also qualify for Legal Aid, depending upon their circumstances. Our Child Care team can advise you on this and arrange funding on your behalf.