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Child Assessment Order

The Child Assessment Order which can be made under section 43 of the Children Act 1989 is for cases where there are suspicions, but no firm evidence, of actual or likely Significant Harm but in circumstances not constituting an emergency.

A Child Assessment Order directs a person who is in a position to do so to produce the child to the person named in the Order so that an assessment may take place and comply with any directions or other requirements included. The Order authorises the carrying out of the assessment in accordance with the terms of the Order.