In circumstances where the safety of a child is deemed to be at risk under the Children Act 1989, a Local Authority (LA) is legally entitled to remove the child from the care of their parents. The LA has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. If a child is thought to be at risk of significant harm they will investigate and try to resolve any problems and keep the child with their family. A Care Order is sought by an LA (or the NSPCC in very rare circumstances), when they believe a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and there is no perceived alternative to safeguard and promote their welfare….
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