If a local authority is concerned about a child’s welfare then they can apply to have the children monitored in order to make sure that they are being properly looked after. This in the simplest terms, is what a supervision order is and today we will look at the various aspects about this order and what it involves.
A supervision order should not necessarily be considered a punishment – it can benefit the family as a social worker can come and help a child if they need support. It is also important to emphasise that this order does not mean that the social worker can remove the child from their family, but it does give clear guidance to the family and it is very important that the family stick to the guidance given under the terms of the supervision order.
How it works
Initially parents will be given papers informing them that an order is being applied for. Twelve days after this, a court hearing known as a case management hearing takes place. In this instance as a parent you can appoint a legal representative if you feel that a supervision order is not necessary.
Typically an order can last for up to a year – it can be cut short if it is felt the terms are being met or if necessary can be extended for up to three years. While it is possible to appeal, they are rarely successful and you are usually better off adhering to the terms of an agreement.
If you break the terms, there is no initial punishment but if the breach is considered serious enough then there is a very real risk of your order being upgraded to a care order and if this occurs, then there is the risk of your child being taken into care.
If you have been served with notice for a supervision order and are due for a hearing, do not panic. We are an highly experienced family and child care law firm and we have the right specialists to help you deal with the situation. The best initial advice we can offer is to work with local authorities and then contact us before your hearing so we can help you. For more information please contact us today.