What is a Police Protection ‘Order’?

What is a Police Protection ‘Order’? 

In certain circumstances a Police Officer may take a child into police protection without a Court Order for a maximum of 72 hours. The Police Officer may remove a child to suitable accommodation or prevent the child’s removal from where he is being accommodated if he has reasonable cause to believe that the child would otherwise be likely to suffer significant harm. If it is felt necessary for the child to be accommodated after 72 hours either the police or the Local Authority would need to apply for an Emergency Protection Order.