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What is a Section 47 Investigation?
The Local Authority has a duty to investigate and make enquiries in relation to children within its area when it has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Normally a Section 47 Investigation would be completed within 45 working days of receipt of referral. The investigation is directed in particular to establish whether the Local Authority should make an application to the Court to exercise any powers under the Children Act 1989.