What is an Interim Care Order?
If the Local Authority is involved with your family, and they have evidence to suggest that your child is at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of the care being provided by his or her parents, then they are able to apply to a local Court to ask the Court to make an Interim Care Order.
How long do Interim Care Orders last?
The first Interim Care Order will be made for up to 8 weeks. At the end of proceedings if a Care Order is made then the Care Order will be applicable until the child is 18 years old.
How long do Court proceedings take?
Typically Court proceedings can take approximately 40 weeks. This will depend on the availability of the court and various experts who may be called to give evidence at a final hearing.
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Will my child go into care if the Court imposes an Order?
An Interim Care Order will only be put in place by the Courts if they felt it completely necessary. Also if it is in the child’s best interests. An Order means that the Local Authority would have the power to remove a child from its parents care. They will either place the child with other family members or foster carers. However, it really does depend on the individual circumstances for each case.
What do I need to do next?
If you are worried that this will happen to you and your child or it is happening to you then you must contact us immediately. We can act on your behalf, understanding your situation and working together with Social Services, the Courts and the Local Authority to ensure the best outcome for you and your child. We have worked with mat families to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for them and their child.
For further information or to talk to us contact the Children Law team today at our offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford & Newark.
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