Posted by Carrie Laws on 22nd May 2019
Last updated 9th December 2022
My child was removed under an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) – what should I do?


If the Local Authority has applied for an EPO and this has been granted by the Court without your knowledge, you should be told the reasons for the application and why it was made without your knowledge. It is likely that you will be told this once your child has been placed. Even if you are not told where your child is, you should be given a copy of their care plan and information about the arrangements for contact.

An EPO can last for up to eight days. During this time, the Local Authority will either issue care proceedings or apply to extend the EPO by a further seven days. In either circumstance, you should make sure that you have taken advice and are represented.

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Carrie Laws is a Solicitor at The Family Law Company. She specialises in Children Law and brings considerable experience in dealing with the most serious cases concerning children.

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