An Interim Care Order is the first Order obtained by Social Services with a view to obtaining a long term Care Order. Social Services can obtain an Interim Care Order if they feel your child is in danger of suffering significant harm. They obtain this Order until they can get a Care Order. The Interim Care Order is easier to get than a Care Order, as it has less far reaching consequences, than a Full Care Order. An Interim Care Order still gives Social Services Parental Responsibility in respect of your child, which enables them to make decisions in respect of that child and in particular make a decision as to where that child may live.
An Interim Care Order is only valid for 8 weeks and it is crucial if an Interim Care Order is applied for you seek the assistance of MSB Solicitors in the hope that we can prevent the Order from being made. If the Order is made however, we have 8 weeks to prepare your case and defend the Application and hopefully ensure the return home of your child. Interim Care Orders can be renewed, but there is a strong emphasis on cases for Care Orders being concluded within 26 weeks.
Legal aid is available to represent you.