Who can apply for an Emergency Protection Order?
Children's Services or anyone like the Police, NSPCC or a neighbour can go to a magistrate and apply for an Emergency Protection Order.
Emergency Protection Orders are granted for:
- Individual applicants, where the child will suffer significant harm if not removed.
- 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 reasonable cause to suspect, or there is a likelihood of, significant harm.
How long does an Emergency Protection Order last for?
The Emergency Protection Order lasts for eight days and any person can apply to a court for an Order. Parental contact with the child/ren is not always excluded.
For more information about Emergency Protection Orders view the Legislation.gov.uk
website or contact the Duty and Assessment Team on 01492575111.