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Issue Resolution Hearings

30-Aug-2015

Issue Resolution Hearings (IRH) are sometimes referred to as pre-hearing review. At this hearing, the court will see if any agreement can be reached by everybody involved in the case (for example about where your child should live in the long te...

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Care Proceedings glossary

30-Aug-2015

Care proceedings are complex. With any sufficiently complex subject, terminology has to be developed to effectively communicate about the subject. Care Proceedings are no different, particularly as the care proceedings process is constantly evolving...

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The stages of care proceedings

30-Aug-2015

The aim of recent government reforms in 2014 is to speed up care proceedings. There are now three stages in the court process; Stage 1 the application is issued by the local authority (LA) and allocated to the appropriate court. This takes 2 days....

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Time Scale of Proceedings in Public Law

30-Aug-2015

Part of the concerns raised by the Family Justice Review was the time scale of proceedings in the family court, and the effect damaging delays had upon the children concerned. The new Children and Families Act has addressed this matter; but for the ...

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PLO (pre-proceedings meeting)

30-Aug-2015

When social workers are concerned about the welfare of a child, they may be thinking about taking the case to court so that they can ask the court to make orders to protect the child. In most cases the Public Law Outline requires the social serv...

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Keeping to the Agreement

30-Aug-2015

Following the Pre Proceedings Meeting, an official agreement will be drawn up, outlining what you have agreed with the local authority needs to be done in order to look after your child better. This agreement is a formal document laying down what yo...

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Threshold Criteria

30-Aug-2015

The Threshold Criteria for a Care Order or a Supervision Order, as outlined in Section 31 of the Children Act 1989 is that a court may only make a Care Order or Supervision Order if it is satisfied that: The Children are suffering or likely to su...

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EPO (Emergency Protection Order)

30-Aug-2015

An EPO is an order made under Section 44 of the Children Act 1989 enabling a child to either be removed to a place of safety or to be kept where he or she is as a means of providing immediate short-term protection EPOs are considered to be highly dr...

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Legal Planning Meetings:

30-Aug-2015

Before a decision can be made to initiate Care or Supervision Proceedings, a Legal Planning Meeting should be held. At the Legal Planning Meeting, a decision will be made in principle about whether the Threshold Criteria have been met and whethe...

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Public Law Outline - time line

30-Aug-2015

Week -3 Legal Planning Meeting - agree threshold met and to start PLO...Sw and their Managers........... Week -2 Write to parent(s) to formally invite them to PLO meeting, including advice on obtaining their own legal representation.. Week -1 Draw...

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