Emergency Child Protection Order Law and Legal Definition

An emergency child protection order refers to an order issued by a magistrate when a child or young person is in immediate danger and may have to be taken away from home quickly.

Children's Services, police or a neighbor can go to a magistrate and apply for an emergency protection order.

An emergency child protection order is granted for:

a. individual applicants, where the child will suffer significant harm if not removed;

b. local authorities, where inquiries are being made for other orders, and where these inquiries are being frustrated or unreasonably refused; and

c. authorized persons, where there is reasonable cause to suspect, or likelihood of, significant harm.