If a child is in care, can they speak to their parents? When, how often, will it be supervised?

As long as it is practical and is in the interest of the child, a child should be able to contact their parents or any person who has parental responsibility, is a relative or a friend.

This contact should be direct and on a regular basis, unless it’s not in the child’s best interest.

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.