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...
A supervision order is a legal order, obtained by the local authority through the court, which requires a child to be supervised by social services, while still living in the family home (or placed with a relative), to make sure that the child is well cared for.
This could include whether the child is being fed, clothed and kept clean, as well as if the child is being raised in a stable environment.
A court can only grant a supervision order to the local authority if they believe that:
- The child is suffering harm, or is at risk of suffering harm in the future; and
- The harm is being caused by the child’s parents, or
- The parents are unable to protect the child from harm as they are unable to control the child.