Child Protection Orders can be applied for at any time, day or night, and at weekends. Our solicitors are available to provide advice 24 hours a day. You will often be made aware that a CPO may be applied for - social workers will usually ask you to agree to a voluntary arrangement first. It is important you seek advice at this early stage.
A Child Protection Order gives the local authority the power to remove children from the care of their parents and take them to reside in a place of safety. Often you will not know where that place is. A Children’s Hearing will take place on the 2nd working day after the order was granted. The Children’s Hearing will consider if it is necessary for the child to remain in the place of safety.
At this stage, a parent can lodge an application at the sheriff court where the order was granted, seeking the recall of the order. If no recall application is made or the recall application is refused, the order will be continued to a hearing on the 8th working day. At this hearing, the Children’s Hearing will have ‘grounds of referral’ to put to the parents, and statements of fact which set out the factual circumstances considered to be causing the children harm. The Child Protection Order will come to an end at this hearing, and an interim Compulsory Supervision Order often granted in its place, pending a hearing at court to determine whether the facts as set out are true.
It is imperative that you contact us immediatley, and keep in touch with us at each stage in order that we are able to provide you with the most effective representation.