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Interim Care Order

An Interim Care Order can be made in Care Proceedings and has the same effect as a full Care Order while it lasts. The local authority therefore acquires Parental Responsibility for the child under the Interim Care Order.

The Children and Families Act 2014 removed the following time limits:

An Interim Care Order can last up to 8 weeks on the first occasion and can be renewed for periods of up to 28 days. There is no limit to the number of interim care orders that can be made.


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