What is an Education Supervision Order?

An Education Supervision Order is a Court Order which gives the Education Authority a supervision role over a child’s education. This Order is made when a court is convinced that a child of compulsory school age is not being properly educated.

What is an Assessment Order?

An Assessment Order is an Order of the court for an assessment of the state of the child’s health, development or the way in which they have been treated to determine whether or not the child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm.

What is an Adoption Order?

Sometimes a child who is Looked After may be Adopted. An Adoption Order, made by a Court, transfers parental responsibility to the adoptive parents. These Orders are only made after extensive enquiries are carried out and it is considered to be in the best interest of the child.  When an Adoption Order is put in place any Care Order ends and the adoptive parents will have sole parental responsibility for the child.

What is a Supervision Order?

A Supervision Order places a child under the supervision of the Health and Social Care Trust. This is issued when a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm due to the care given to the child or if the child is beyond parental control.  Under a Supervision Order, a supervisor is appointed to help the child so that they can make sure that are getting properly cared for.

What is a Care Order?

A Care Order is issued when a child is suffering, or is at risk of suffering significant harm, because they are not getting enough care or their parent is unable to look after them (beyond parental control). 

Only a court can make a Care Order when an application is made by Social Services. The court may initially make an Interim (Temporary) Care Order.

A Care Order places the child in the care of the local Health and Social Care Trust who then also have Parental Responsibility for the child. When a care order is made, the local Trust must look after the child and provide them with accommodation and care.