What is a Care Order?

What is a Care Order?

A Care Order is an Order placing a child in care of a Local Authority. Whilst a Care Order is in force the designated Local Authority will have parental responsibility for the child. Under a Care Order the Local Authority has the power to determine the extent to which the child’s parent may meet his parental responsibility for him or her. A full Care Order will last until the child reaches the age of 18 years unless it is discharged earlier.