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A supervision order imposes a duty on the local authority to look after the child. It may require the child to live in a specific place, do certain activities or report to a particular place at a set time.
There are two specific supervision orders, compulsory, and interim.
A compulsory supervision order is a legal document that means the local authority is responsible for looking after or helping the young person.
During the Children’s Hearing, the panel members can put in place a Compulsory Supervision Order. This is a legal order that lasts a period of one year and regulates where the child shall reside, and what contact arrangements should be with parents, if the decision is the child must reside away from their usual residence. The panel members can make an order for a child to reside in secure placement, which means that the young person should be in a place that they cannot leave. For a young person to go to a secure placement, the local authority, the person who manages the secure placement and the panel members must all agree it is necessary. This decision is not as common. During this decision, the young person is entitled to have a legal representative with them.
The Compulsory Supervision Order measures can be reviewed by a panel member at any time after it is put in place by the Social Work Department, or after a period of 3 months by a relevant person. To find out if you are able to call a review or even be deemed as a relevant person if you are are caring for a child contact Neil Kilcoyne Solicitors.
An interim compulsory supervision order is a temporary order, make in the situation of urgent necessity. The order will determine where a child is to reside, what contact arrangements should be in place with parents, if the decision is the child must reside away from their usual residence. This order is used when the panel members are unable to come to a longer term decision but still have urgent concerns about the young person. As it is only temporary, the order needs to be reviewed every 22 days to decide if it is still needed.
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If you or someone you know requires expert legal advice regarding supervision orders, contact our specialist solicitors at Neil Kilcoyne and Co.