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What can social services do and not do?

What can social services do and not do?

Social services can take action to safeguard a child if it is believed that the child is suffering, or is likely to suffer in their current circumstances. They will likely get involved with the care of a child if they receive a request/ referral from a member of the family or a third party such as a GP, teacher, or the police.

Can a social service remove a child without a court order?

Social services cannot remove your child from your home if they do not have an order by the court, your consent, or a Police Protection Order. Social services cannot decide what will happen to your child or place your child in permanent foster care without a court’s decision.

When to contact social services for a child in need?

If the decision is that your child is eligible for ‘child in need’ services and support, The social worker will then go through with you the next steps and what help and support will be given to you and your child. A Child in Need Plan will be made if the assessment shows that your child is in need of practical services.

When can social services take a child away?

Conclusion – When would social services take a child away? A court order, known as an emergency protection order, is required for social services to take a child away from parents, unless there are immediate concerns for the child’s safety, in which case a child may be removed by the police and placed in police protection for up to 72 hours.

What happens if you turn your child over to social services?

That’s a pretty major decision and not easily undone. Some states have what is called a parental placement, where you work with social services to have your child live some place else, but you do not give up parental rights and can pull the child out if you change your mind- for example, if you find that the child is being abused or getting worse.

If the decision is that your child is eligible for ‘child in need’ services and support, The social worker will then go through with you the next steps and what help and support will be given to you and your child. A Child in Need Plan will be made if the assessment shows that your child is in need of practical services.

Can a court order social services to take a child away?

A court order, known as an emergency protection order, is required for social services to take a child away from parents, unless there are immediate concerns for the child’s safety, in which case a child may be removed by the police and placed in police protection for up to 72 hours.

What to do if social worker says your child is not in need?

You should ask the social worker to give you a written note about the decision (especially if he or she has decided that your child is not ‘in need’ and they are not going to be able to help) and how he/she reached a decision. If you are not happy with the decision you should ask what you can do to get it reviewed.