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29 Care Proceedings

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1 Introduction

2. Who can make decisions about my child's care?

3. Why would social services get involved in my child's care?

4. What happens when social services start care proceedings?

5. What happens at the first hearing?

6. What orders can the court make at the first hearing?

7. Who will represent my child during proceedings?

8. What happens after an interim order is made?

9. How do I prepare for the final hearing?

10. What happens at the final hearing?

11. How does the court make its decision?

12. What types of order can the court make?

13. How long does a care order last?

A full care order remains in force until your child is 18 years old, unless the court:

  • makes a residence or special guardianship order;
  • ends (discharges) the care order when it decides that it should not continue;
  • makes a supervision order instead; or
  • makes an adoption order.

If the court makes a placement order to allow the local authority to place a child for adoption when a care order has also been made, the care order remains in force but does not have effect while the placement order exists.

14. How can I apply to end a care order?

15. Further help

16. About this leaflet







The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.




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