What is a Supervision Order?

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A Supervision Order is a court order that places a duty on the local authority’s children’s services to ‘advise, assist and befriend’ the child. They can be made on an interim basis, which means whilst care proceedings are ongoing, or as a final supervision order at the end of court proceedings. Supervision orders are made under s31 of the Children Act 1989, only a Judge or Magistrates’ sitting in the Family Court can make a supervision order. A supervision order means that a social worker will continue to be involved with your family and visit the children regularly where there are still some concerns about the children but a care order is not needed but leaving the children without an order doesn’t give the children the support they need.


If a court wants to make a supervision order the court must be satisfied that the child is satisfied that the child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm and that harm is due to the care the child is receiving or the child being beyond the parent’s control.


Supervision Orders are different from care orders as they don’t give the local authority parental responsibility to make decisions for the children and the order doesn’t allow children’s services to remove the children. 


Supervision Orders last for up to a year but can be extended.

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