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An emergency protection order is made when a child is in immediate danger and may have to be taken away from home quickly. This might be because someone has called the Police if they are worried that a child is being hurt, or or it could be because a child has told someone like a teacher that they are being hurt. Alternatively, a child might already be in a safe place, like a hospital.
Anyone such as children's social care, the police or a neighbour can go to a Court and apply for an emergency protection order, but only the Court can make the decision.
Emergency protection orders are granted for:
The emergency protection order lasts for up to 8 days and any person can apply to a court for an order.
A range of other orders can follow.
Out of Hours:
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