When children are faced with immediate danger, emergency remedies may be required to safeguard their welfare until more permanent decisions for their care can be made.
Sometimes, the police may choose to use their powers of protection to take children away from a home environment which they feel is unsafe. Sometimes a social worker may apply to the court for an order known as an Emergency Protection Order (or EPO) to remove children temporarily. Court hearings are often started on very short notice.
Both emergency remedies are only temporary arrangements designed purely to keep children safe whilst investigations and assessments can be carried out to work out what is in the child’s best interests. This could lead to the issuing of care proceedings or it could result in children being returned home.
We can help parents who are facing these urgent situations and legal aid is generally available.