Where a service policeman1 has reasonable cause to believe that a child2 would otherwise be likely to suffer significant harm3, he may, if authorised4: (1) remove the child to suitable accommodation5 and keep him there; or (2) take such steps as are reasonable to ensure that the child's removal from any service hospital, or other place, in which he is then being accommodated is prevented6.
Such a child with respect to whom a service policeman has exercised this power is referred to as having been taken into service police protection7.
As soon as is reasonably practicable after taking a child into
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