An emergency protection order is made when someone is in immediate danger and may have to be taken away from home quickly.

Social Services or anyone like the police or a neighbour can go to a magistrate and apply for an Emergency Protection Order.

Emergency protection orders are granted for:

  • Individual applicants, where the child will suffer significant harm if not removed
  • Local authorities, where enquiries are being made for other orders, and where these enquiries are being frustrated or unreasonably refused.
  • Authorised persons, where there is reasonable cause to suspect, or likelihood of, significant harm

The emergency protection order lasts for 8 days and any person can apply to a court for an order.

Parental access may still be allowed.

The emergency protection order replaces the place of safety order.