When a local authority has serious concerns about the safety and welfare of a child or children, they begin what is known as ‘pre-proceedings’. Children’s services will send a letter to the parents or carers of the child(ren), inviting...
A supervision order is an order which requires a child to be supervised by social services, while still 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.
The local authority must apply for a supervision order through the court. A court can only grant a supervision order 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.