If the local authority is concerned about child abuse, they can apply to court for a number of Orders to protect the child.
If a local authority has serious concerns about the safety or welfare of your child, it can apply to the court to take the child into care.
The following are examples of when a local authority may apply to take a child into care. When the local authority believe a child is being neglected. Neglect involves ongoing, serious failure to meet a child’s basic needs and can include:
When the local authority is worried that the child has been, or is likely, to be abused either by their parents or carers or other people they know. Abuse includes:
Before applying for any Court Order or taking emergency action, agencies will try to work with families to ensure the child is protected. Court Orders or emergency action will only be taken where it appears that a child may be at risk of ‘significant harm’ and a Court Order or emergency action is necessary to protect the child.
Taking a Child into Care
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