What is Section 37 of the Children Act 1989?

What Section 37 of the Children Act 1989?What is Section 37  of the Children Act 1989?

Section 37 specifically empowers the court to make interim care orders. These are temporary orders that allow a local authority to remove a child from their current living situation and place them in the care of the authority. The court can ask the local authority to step in with private law proceedings between parents.  Interim care orders are usually granted when there are urgent concerns about the child’s safety or welfare.

This section provides the court with the authority to issue interim care orders if it believes that the child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to suffer significant harm, if they remain in their current environment. It allows the local authority to take immediate action to protect the child and ensure their well-being while a more thorough assessment of the situation is carried out.

Bretherton Law provide child law advice for people located in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. If you and your family are being investigated by children’s social services and you need Legal Advice then please do get in touch either by calling the number above (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday) or by requesting a callback using the form at the bottom of this page. The first call is always free of charge and we can advise you if you are likely to be eligible for Legal Aid.  It’s important to take advice early so you can understand the process and try and achieve the best outcome. 

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