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Under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, a local authority has a duty to help and support any child they identify as ‘in need’. A child in need is someone who, without the support of the local authority, is:
What is an Interim Care Order?
When care proceedings start, an Interim Care Order can be made to make temporary care decisions for the child. These Orders can last up to eight weeks at first and be renewed every four weeks.
What is a Care Order and how is it made?
Care Orders will give the local authority parental responsibility and the right to decide where the child should live. A Care Order cannot be made for a child who is 17 years old.
The local authority can apply to the Court for a Care Order if they believe a child is at risk of suffering significant harm. The Court must be satisfied that the child is at risk due to the level of care they are getting or that the child is beyond parental control.
How long does a Care Order last?
A Care Order will stay in place until the child is 18 years old although it can end earlier for certain reasons, such as if the child is adopted or the Order is discharged.
If an application for a Care Order is made, or you believe care proceedings are about to start, it is vital to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Our friendly solicitors can offer child-related legal advice to clients in Cambridge and across London. If you would like to discuss your situation further, please get in touch with our family lawyers today.