The Local Authority may place a child under secure accommodation, for example if that child has a history of running away or if the young person is not kept in secure accommodation, they are likely to injure themselves or others. No Order of the Court needs to be applied for, in the first 72 hours, that the child is placed in secure accommodation but following on from that an Order of the Court must be obtained.
The child and/or their parents must be represented in Court. Please note that if a Secure Accommodation Order is sought in respect of your child then you must contact MSB immediately.
Legal aid is available to represent you.