Emergency Protection Order – (EPO)
- A court order removing a child to a place of safety.
- The court has to conclude that unless removed it is likely the child will suffer significant harm.
- Lack of cooperation with an assessment of a child can also lead to an EPO.
This is an emergency application normally made by a Local Authority. It is for short-term removal or prevention of removal by parents until other proceedings can be issued.
The Local Authority need not prove that the risk of harm is due to any defect in parenting. The order can only be made for up to 8 days.
If you are served with notice of an application of an EPO, it is essential that you obtain legal advice immediately. Contact our Child Law Team 24/7 now for specialist advice.