Emergency Protection Orders
What is an Emergency Protection Order?
An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is only used in very serious situations.
An Emergency Protection Order provides the right to remove the child from a potentially harmful environment – or prevent their removal from a safe environment.
Anyone can apply to the court for an Emergency Protection Order if they fear that a child is in danger. For example, if a family member has very serious concerns that a child is being abused, they could apply for an EPO.
If it’s social services that have applied for an EPO, they normally have to provide the parents with one day’s notice of their intention. In very serious cases though, there is no notice given. Instead, a copy of the Application and the Order will be given, sent or served on the parents within 48 hours.
If you have been served an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) then we recommend that you contact Ashmans Solicitors Family Law Team right away on 0333 009 6275. Our team can provide Legal Aid for these types of case.
Unless it’s an application made without notice, you will also have the right to go to the hearing and question social services about the need for the EPO. If you have instructed our legal team, they will be able to represent you in the hearing.
Subject to certain exceptions, the Emergency Protection Order can be made for a maximum period of eight days.
An Emergency Protection Order gives Social Services some Parental Responsibility including the right to:
- Take the child into their care.
- Keep the child from returning to the parent’s care.
- See the child when a parent has refused to let them in.
- Make an Exclusion Requirement (prevent a person whom they believe may be a danger to a child from living in a house with the child or seeing them).
If you need advice about an Emergency Protection Order please contact us at Ashmans Solicitors who are experts in this area of law. We can represent you at court at very short notice. You will qualify for Legal Aid.
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