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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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Local Authority Documentation to be Filed with the Court

30-Aug-2015

The following documents must be attached to the application filed with the court on Day 1: The social work Chronology; The social work statement and Genogram; Any current Assessment relating to the child and/or the family and friends of the...

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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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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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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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Care Orders - section 31 Children Act 1989

30-Aug-2015

These orders are usually sought by a local authority (although the NSPCC can bring proceedings it is extremely rare for them to do so) in respect of children who they believe are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm and: a) the harm...

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