The most common emergency care order sought is a Child Protection Order (‘CPO’). A CPO is an emergency care order that lasts for a maximum of 8 working days under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. A CPO requires to be reviewed by a Children’s Hearing within 2 working days and, if not terminated, again within 8 working days. There are rights of appeal against the making of a CPO, and against each of the decisions of the Children’s Hearings that follow.
The primary function of a CPO is to override an individual’s right to determine where their child (or a child in respect of whom they have parental rights) lives. CPOs can be sought by the local authority or any other individual where there is a belief that a child is at risk. These are one of the only types of application that are routinely considered by the Sheriff Court outwith normal business hours, reflecting the seriousness with which these matters are treated by the court.
Given that seriousness, and how quickly these applications are turned around, you should not delay in seeking legal advice and representation if there is even a mention of a CPO. Call our child protection lawyers on 0141 778 9657 today for specialist advice.
The removal of a child from a family without their consent is arguably the most significant interference with your rights that can take place on an emergency basis. In some cases, it can take months and even years to undo the harm caused where a child is removed in these circumstances. It is everyone’s interests to avoid that situation if at all possible and we are well placed to assist you and give you the best chance of doing so.
Ensuring the wellbeing of the child is our top priority, and our team can work with you to achieve the most beneficial outcome for that child. Get in touch with our child protection lawyers today on 0141 778 9657 or by completing our online contact form.
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