What does going into care mean?

What does a care order mean?

a care order is when social services…

are worried about the care you have been getting from your parent(s), want to share the responsibility of your care with your parents, take your case to court to get the judge to decide whether it is the right thing for you

what happens with a care order?

social services can make decisions about your care. they may decide that you can:

  • live at home with your parents
  • live with other carers
they can also decide:
  • what help your parents need to look after you better
what help you may need to:
  • get an education, keep healthy
  • work out your feelings
  • keep in contact with your real family if you are not with family at home
how long does a care order last?

a care order can last until you are 18 years old. social services, your parents or you can apply to court before you are 18 to get the care order stopped if things improve a lot.


What does contact/residence mean?


what does contact/residence mean?
this is where there are differences between grown ups about:

· who you should live with
· how much contact you should have with people you don’t live with

what happens?
a guardian will became involved with you to:

· work out your own wishes and feelings
· write a report to court about what should happen

what if I am not happy with contact/residence arrangements?
you can make an application yourself to court. the judge will have to give you permission to make your own application. you will need a solicitor to help you.


What is secure accommodation?

What does secure accommodation mean?
This is where social services apply to court to place you in a secure unit because:-
· you have been running away from your other addresses
· your health is at risk by you running away.

Your health could include:
· your physical health
· your education and progress in school
· your relationships with family and friends
· your thoughts/feelings/behaviour
· you may hurt yourself or others if you do not live in a secure environment.

How long will I be in secure accommodation?
Social Services can ask a judge to keep you in a secure home for 3 months initially or if the judge decides that you are still at risk of running away and damaging your health for a further 6 months after the 3 month order has run out. Everyone involved will be keen to ensure that you are not kept in secure accommodation for too long.

location: the secure accommodation is based at Lakewood near Bangor.

What about my rights?
It is the job of social services, the guardian and your solicitor to inform you of your rights. the judge will consider your case very carefully as it is a serious step to deprive you of your freedom for any length of time. If you want further information on your rights go to www.carelaw.org.uk


What is a supervision order?

What does a supervision order mean?

A supervision order is when:

· social services are worried about the care you have been getting from your parent(s)
· social services want to help your parents to improve their care of you
· social services take your case to court to get the judge to decide whether a supervision order is the right thing for you

What happens with a supervision order?
Social Services want to help your parents improve their care of you. Your parents agree that they have not cared for you as well as they could do and wish to accept help from social services. You will still live at home with your parent(s).

How long does a supervision order last?
A supervision order can last from a few months to one year. Social Services can ask the Judge after one year to make a Supervision Order for another year. This can happen 3 times – so the longest a supervision order can last is 3 years.