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Supervision Orders Explained

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Supervision Order 

A supervision Order is an Order obtained by the Local authority, which requires a child to be supervised by the Local Authority, while still living in the family home (or placed with a relative), to make sure that the child is well cared for.
A Court can only grant a Supervision Order to the Local Authority if they believe that:

  •  The child is suffering harm, or is at risk of suffering harm in the future; and
  •  The harm is being caused by the child’s parents, or
  • The parents are unable to protect the child from harm as they are unable to control the child.

Unlike a Care Order, a Supervision Order does not give the Local Authority any Parental Responsibility. The Local Authority is under a duty to advise, assist and befriend the child.

A supervision order can be made for a period of 1 year, and extended for a total of up to three years.

The Court can consider whether to make an Interim Supervision Order which places the child temporarily under the supervision of the Local Authority until the court can make a final decision about what is best for the child.

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