Emergency protection orders - warrants

Emergency protection orders - warrants

When making an emergency protection order a court may also issue a warrant to authorise a police officer to assist the applicant in carrying out their powers under the order.

The social worker should discuss with legal services the need for a warrant to be attached to an emergency protection order. This discussion may take place over the telephone.

The court must be convinced that the person attempting to exercise powers under the emergency protection order will be prevented from doing so by refusal of entry to the premises concerned or access to the child, which may include threats to remove the child.

The warrant authorises the constable to enter and search specified premises using reasonable force if necessary.

The warrant should name the child or, failing that, provide a description.

The police officer will usually be accompanied by the person making the application unless the court directs otherwise or the applicant does not want to attend.

The court can direct that the constable is also accompanied by a doctor, nurse or health visitor.