We have a duty to make sure children and young people are helped to grow and develop in safe, secure and supportive surroundings. We provide a wide range of services to help this happen – including housing, education, social services, and health services. We recognize the benefits of working in partnership with parents and families to ensure children are well cared for, and receive the services they need, and which are useful and acceptable.
However, on occasions when we become so concerned about the health, welfare or safety of children, we become legally involved, and apply to a court to begin the process of care proceedings. This would grant us the power to take decisions in the best interests of the child.
This might be because someone has called the police if they are worried that a child is being hurt or because someone like a teacher has become aware that a child may be being hurt. On occasions we may apply for an interim Care Order or, in an emergency, an Emergency Protection Order to protect children.
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 likelihood of, significant harm
If you need legal help and advice in this area you can search the Law Society website for the details of law firms in Leeds with solicitors who are members of the children’s panel.