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What are the grounds for making a Care Order?
The Court may only make a Care Order if it is satisfied that the child concerned is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm and that the harm or likelihood of harm is attributable to:
- The care given to the child or likely to be given to him if the Order were not made not being what it would be reasonable to expect a parent to give him, or
- The child being beyond parental control.
The above grounds are sometimes described as being ‘threshold criteria’.