Emergency Protection Orders
Child Care Proceedings
An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is an order obtained from the court and 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 cases of 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
Everyone has the right to advice if they are dealing with child care issues and Emergency Protection Orders. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you. Our highly skilled Child Care team are here to take the worry off your hands.
We will happily provide an initial free telephone consultation to discuss your situation in more detail and if you are happy to proceed with our services, you will either be quoted an estimated or a fixed fee on a private fee paying basis. In some cases, Legal Aid may be available. Our fees will be dependent on a variety of factors such as what your case entails and its duration. Please feel free to call us for a no obligation quote or email us.
How can we help you?
If you or somebody you know is going through an Emergency Protection Order, our experienced Child Care solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process to adhere to the procedure and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
- Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
- Represent you in court where necessary
- Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
- Take the worry off your hands
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending child care matters, with our acclaimed Child Care solicitors who are renowned for their professional approach.
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.