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What is an Emergency Protection Order?
This is an Order which authorises the Local Authority to remove a child to any accommodation it provides or alternatively to prevent the child’s removal from hospital or other place where he was accommodated before the Order was made. An Emergency Protection Order may be made for a maximum period of eight days. This period may be extended for a period not exceeding seven days. The Court can make an Emergency Protection Order if it is satisfied there is reasonable cause to believe that the child is likely to suffer significant harm if he is not removed to accommodation provided by it or it wishes to keep the child in its present accommodation the Court must be satisfied that there is reasonable cause to believe that the child is likely to suffer significant harm if he does not remain in that place.