What is a Supervision Order?

A Supervision Order places you under the supervision of a Trust. It is issued where you are suffering or you are likely to suffer significant harm due to the care given to you. Under a Supervision Order, a supervisor is appointed to help you so that they can make sure that you are getting properly cared for.

What is an Adoption Order?

An Adoption Order, made by a Court, transfers parental responsibility to the adoptive parents. These orders are only made after extensive enquiries are made and it is considered to be in your best interests.  When an Adoption Order is put in place any Care Order ends and the adoptive parents will have sole parental responsibility for you.

What is an Emergency Protection Order?

An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is an Order made by a Court in an emergency situation if you are in immediate danger. An EPO gives the Trust Parental Responsibility for you for an initial maximum of eight days, which can be extended by the court if needed.

What is a Care Plan?

A Care Plan is a very detailed plan about a your care arrangements. It is written by the social workers that are involved in your case. It explains arrangements for contact with family, plans for education and details of any foster placement or residential placement.

A Care Plan will be made within the first two weeks of a Care Order being issued and will be reviewed regularly. You have the right to have your wishes and feelings expressed at these review meetings and to be informed of the main points of discussion.  These review meetings are referred to as Looked After Child (LAC) Review meetings.

What is Voluntary Care?

This is where your parent or parents agree that Social Services should provide care and accommodation for you.