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An Emergency Protection Order is made when a child is likely to suffer significant harm.

  • This might be because someone has called the Police or Social Services if they are worried that the child is being hurt.
  • It could be because the child told someone like a teacher that he / she is being hurt.
  • The child might already be in a safe place, like a hospital, but an adult is threatening to remove the child.
  • It may be that the child is at risk but access to the child has been refused.

Who can apply for an emergency protection order?

Social Services or the Police can go to a magistrate and apply for an Emergency Protection Order.

A member of the public who is concerned about the safety of the child can also apply for an Emergency Protection Order.

How long does it last?

An Emergency Protection Order lasts for eight days but can be extended for up to a further seven days. During this time Social Services must decide whether they should take any further action to protect the child.

If you are a child or young person or if you have concerns about a child or young person contact us

Alternatively you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or email them by visiting