place of safety order


Also found in: Dictionary.

place of safety order

in Scots law, a child may be removed compulsorily from his family home into the care of the local authority under a place of safety order. The child can be detained at the place of safety for up to seven days, during which arrangements can be made for a children's hearing to determine whether or not the child is in need of care. The equivalent order in England is an EMERGENCY PROTECTION ORDER.
References in periodicals archive ?
In February 1977 he was taken away from his parents and put under a place of safety order at Pelham House School in Cumbria.
The latest figures on such detentions, made under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, show the reported number of "Place of Safety Orders" involving Durham Police, where an individual was taken to a police station has increased 34.1%, from 41 in 2012/13 to 55 in 2013/14, according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
Police stations were used for one in three place of safety orders, which involve removing a mentally ill person from a pubs lic place to a place of safety.
The Act abolished notorious Place of Safety Orders and said all cases of alleged child abuse had to be brought before a proper court within three days, and declared the child's interest paramount.