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This order gives the local authority (LA) parental responsibility (PR). It does not remove PR from a parent but enables the LA to share it with them.
The only difference are that interim care orders (ICOs) are made and then renewed during the course of care proceedings whereas a care order is the final order made at the conclusion of the case.
Although the parents continue to have PR the LA’s PR takes precedence over the parents if there is a dispute.
In such circumstances the LA must still liaise and consult the parents.
The parents can, if appropriate, make an application to the court to determine a specific issue such as schooling, medical treatment if the LA is using their PR unreasonably.
The first ICO can be made for a period of up to 8 weeks. Subsequent ICO renewals are made for periods up to 4 weeks
A parent can challenge the renewal of an interim care order at any point during the proceedings.
A final care order can last up a child’s 18th birthday.
A parent can make an application to discharge a care order but they will need to demonstrate that there has been a significant change in circumstances from when the original care order was made.