care order


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care order

a court order committing the care of a child to a local authority. The authority has the same powers and duties as a parent or guardian, except that it cannot alter the child's religion or consent to an adoption. While a care order is in force, the rights and powers of the parents or guardian are overridden. In Scotland a different system applies whereby a reporter investigates matters and, if appropriate, brings the case before a children's hearing where, if matters are established, the court can order supervision of the child or order it to reside in a residential establishment.
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A full care order is sought by the council when they are worried that the parent will not work with them to ensure the child is suitably cared for or when the parents/carers have significantly harmed the child or put the child at risk of significant harm.
Over the course of the past 10 years a total of 1,348 care orders have been issued by the council - of these, 1,186 were interim care orders, 66 were full care orders and 96 were emergency care orders.
But then the most recent events showed that the threshold criteria (for a care order) were clearly met.
D was a 16-month-old baby living in a mother and baby foster placement under an interim care order. In the course of proceedings an order was made that an independent social worker be instructed jointly by the parties to carry out a parenting assessment.
New Delhi, April 19 -- The chances of two NRI children returning to India has brightened with the Norwegian Child Welfare Service, which has kept them in foster care, submitting in a court in Oslo that there is no need to uphold the care order and it was in the best interest of the kids to return to their home country.
The Child Welfare Service and the children's parents submitted a joint claim to the court stating that there is agreement that the conditions for the children being taken into care have been met, and there is no need to uphold the care order as the measures taken are considered to be sufficient in that the uncle is to take over the care of the children.
The document says: "Children become looked after for two major reasons, either they are accommodated because their parents are for various reasons, unable to care, or that they have been the subject of significant harm and the court has agreed they needed to be subject of a care order."
He said Manchester-born Singh feared social services were going to make an "interim care order" that would result in the boy being taken away.
Family supportworkers keep records of their work, and these reports may sometimes be used in evidence in court if it becomes necessary to take out a care order on the children.
"In public family law all the aces are held by the local authority and it is very difficult to win." Mr Hemming said Ministry of Justice figures showed that local authority attempts to pursue a care order failed in 0.27 per cent of cases..
In a devastating ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice this week, the couple, who we are calling Tania and Stephen, had their appeal against a care order made last month rejected.
A spokesman for Liverpool city council said: "Before any child can be adopted, a care order has to be granted by the courts.