What is a child assessment order?

The Child Assessment Order can be briefly described as a multi-disciplinary assessment in a non-emergency, which will normally comprise at least a medical and social work assessment. It will usually have been preceded by an investigation under Section 47, Children Act 1989 and is by way of an inter-parties hearing.

What is the children’s order Ni?

The Children Order (Northern Ireland) 1995, provides the legislative framework that governs the response to, and services provided for, children in need of support, at risk of harm and for those who have suffered abuse and harm.

What is Article 8 children’s order Ni?

The relevant legislation for the welfare of a child is the Children (NI) Order 1995. This order seeks to protect the welfare of the child. You can apply to the Court for what is known as Article 8 Orders under this legislation whereby you are asking the Court to help assist or decide on the best interests of a child.

What is a supervision order Northern Ireland?

What is a Supervision Order? A Supervision Order imposes a duty on the local authority to ‘advise, assist and befriend’ the child. It may require a child to live in a specified place, do certain activities and report to a particular place at a set time.

What is a Section 47 with social services?

Section 47 investigations A Section 47 enquiry means that CSC must carry out an investigation when they have ‘reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm’1.

What is Section 38 of the children’s Act?

Introduction. When a child is subject to an Interim Care Order, the court may decide to make a direction for the child to be assessed under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989. This enables the court to direct where the child should live, for a period of assessment.

What are minimum standards in childcare?

Minimum standards are exactly that – the minimum level of service that has to be provided in order to pass an inspection and be registered with a HSC Trust.

What age can a child decide which parent to live with in Northern Ireland?

16 years old
A judge is unlikely to make an Order for a child who is 16 years old and will only do so in exceptional circumstances. When the child reaches 16, they can decide for themselves when and how often they see the parent they do not live with or where they live.

What is the difference between a care order and supervision order?

A Care Order will last for the entirety of the child’s childhood unless it is discharged, and the child is treated as a “looked after child” and subject to the statutory reviews. A Supervision Order places an obligation on the Local Authority to advise, befriend, and assist the subject child or children.

What is the threshold for a supervision order?

The Threshold Stage – there must be sufficient reasons to justify making a care or supervision Order. This can only be passed if the Court agrees that: Things have happened which have already caused significant harm to a child. There is a serious risk that significant harm will be suffered in the future.

What is Section 37 children’s Act?

(1)Where, in any family proceedings in which a question arises with respect to the welfare of any child, it appears to the court that it may be appropriate for a care or supervision order to be made with respect to him, the court may direct the appropriate authority to undertake an investigation of the child’s …