Emergency Protection Order

Immediate protection for vulnerable children

We make Emergency Protection Orders when we believe children are in immediate danger and need to be taken away from home quickly. This might be due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • Someone has told the police they are worried a child is being hurt
  • A child has told someone that they are being hurt. 
  • 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 these enquiries are being frustrated or unreasonably refused.
  • Authorised persons – where there is a reasonable cause to suspect significant harm.

The emergency protection order lasts for up to 8 days and any person can apply to a court for an order.