Emergency Protection Orders
Child Care Proceedings
Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) are obtained from the court if there is an immediate risk of significant harm to a child. It enables the person applying for the order, usually the local authority, to remove a child from the care of his or her parents or keep a child in a safe place for a specified duration. It also confers parental responsibility on the person with the order but only for matters that are deemed necessary to safeguard the child.
An EPO is an extreme measure and is therefore used only in emergencies, for instance, where the child is considered to be in imminent danger. EPOs can last for a maximum of eight days; however, they can be extended for a further seven.
If an EPO has been made in respect of your child, it is in your best interests to acquire professional legal advice at your earliest convenience. At Cartwright King, we take a non-judgemental, professional approach to our client’s cases and acknowledge your right to legal representation. Our acclaimed Child Care solicitors are available to put your mind at ease by supporting you through the legal proceedings and representing you in court if the need arises.
Free Initial Telephone Consultation
Dealing with anything related to court and children is never easy – there’s a lot of stress involved. We understand that you may need support along with legal advice, which is why we offer our help from the very beginning of the process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us immediately. Your first phone conversation with us will not only allow us to understand your situation better and come up with the best way to proceed, but it will also give you a chance to get a glimpse at how we operate, giving you the chance to decide if we’re the right fit for you.
In case of any questions, get in touch with us either by giving us a call or sending us an email.
How Can We Help You With Emergency Protection Orders?
EPO proceedings can be very intimidating to face, especially if you have no background in law. However, you can always count on our experienced Child Care solicitors to help you get through the legal matters. During our cooperation, you are sure to:
- receive advice throughout the whole process
- have your case treated without any judgement and in a sensitive manner
- be represented by us in court (if the need arises)
- have us prepare any documentation that might be needed
- prepare an appeal (if it will be necessary)
Legal Aid is available in this area which means that you may be eligible for free advice. To discuss your eligibility for Legal Aid, please get in contact with us for free initial advice by calling us or emailing your enquiry.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, then we can discuss affordable private paying fee arrangements.