A Police Protection Order is an emergency measure taken when a child is considered to be at immediate risk of harm, such as physical or sexual abuse.
Police Protection Orders last for 72 hours and enable the police to remove a child from their home and find alternative accommodation for them until Social Services decide whether to apply for a Care Order.
Because a Police Protection Order may lead to a child being taken into care, parents, guardians or carers with Parental Responsibility must seek legal advice immediately from a specialist Social Services solicitor.
Duncan Lewis can advise parents whose children have placed on a Police Protection Order on their options to prevent their child being taken into care if the local authority decides to apply for a Care Order.
Duncan Lewis can also liase with Social Services on behalf of parents, guardians and carers when a child has been placed on a Police Protection Order and has been removed from their home.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our team is well placed to help you with any matters involving Social Services, including Police Protection Orders.
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s largest providers of Legal Aid family law services – including child care law – and in some cases may be able to offer Legal Aid funding for child care cases, including help with the costs of applying for court orders or challenging court orders if a client is on benefits or has a low income.
In cases where a client is not eligible for public funding (Legal Aid), Duncan Lewis Social Services solicitors offer a fixed fee for an initial client interview and assessment of a case involving a Police Protection Order.
After a case has been assessed, it is usually possible for a fixed fee arrangement to be put in place – and Duncan Lewis will always advise clients of the costs in advance.
Duncan Lewis children lawyers always advise clients who are seeking help with child care matters – including Police Protection Orders – to get in touch as soon as possible before the situation escalates.
Once you have contacted Duncan Lewis, we can act swiftly in any child care matter and put in place measures to help resolve the issues and prevent children being taken into care.
For expert legal advice on all child care matters – including Police Protection Orders – contact Duncan Lewis Social Services Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.