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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's Information Service, Customer Service Centre,
St Stephen's Road,
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH2 6DY
Telephone Number 01202 456900 or 456222
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279

Out of Hours Fax Number

Out of Hours:
01202 698429

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