The circumstances where one parent makes a unilateral decision to move or keep their child in another country is often described as child abduction or, where the child is kept abroad, as an unlawful retention. Such situations are often traumatic for all...
What is police protection? If a child is believed to be at risk of significant harm, they can be removed from their home and placed under police protection for up to 72 hours in a safe location, under the Children Act 1989. This is an emergency and temporary measure, and no court order is required. It is important you seek legal advice as a matter of urgency if your child is placed in police protection.
Police powers of protection cannot be legally challenged. However, it is possible to challenge the care proceedings that follow. As such, if your child is has been removed by the police, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible, please call us on 01616 966 229 for a free, no obligation initial chat with one of our legal advisors.
If you hear the term ‘police protection order’ or PPO, it is not, as the name may suggest, an order issued by the court. Instead, the term is commonly used to describe the powers held by police officers to protect a child from harm if they believe there is an imminent danger. This includes, but is not limited to, the power to remove a child from the family home without a court order and to temporarily house them in a ‘place of safety’. This may be in accommodation provided by the local authority or with a relative or carer. It may be that a child needs to be kept in hospital. In some rare circumstances a child may be accommodated at a police station but this should be avoided.
A child can be kept in police protection for a maximum of 72 hours. The police do not acquire parental responsibility during this time.