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What is a care order?

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.

What is the difference between an interim care order and a care order?

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.

What happens if there is a dispute between the local authority and a parent?

Although the parents continue to have PR the LA’s PR takes precedence over the parents if there is a dispute.

What can parents do if this happens?

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.

How long does a care order last?

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.

Can a care order be revoked?

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.

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