256. Power to make orders for the emergency protection of children of service families.

The power to make a protection order1 is exercisable only with respect to a child2 who: (1) resides outside the British Islands3 with the family of a person subject to service law4 serving in a country or territory outside the British Islands or of a civilian subject to service discipline5; or (2) is staying (for however short a time) outside the British Islands with such a family6. On an application7 made by any person with respect to a child, a judge advocate8 may make a protection order with respect to the child if, but only if, he is satisfied9