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Emergency Protection Order

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:

  • individual applicants, where the child will suffer significant harm if not removed immediately
  • local authorities, where enquiries are being made for other orders, and where these enquiries are being frustrated or unreasonably refused
  • authorised persons, where there is a reasonable cause to suspect significant harm liklihood of significant harm.

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.

Related Information


Postal Address Children FIRST,
79 Lansdowne Road,
Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone Number 01202 458101
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279

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