47. Child protection generally.

The child protection regime in the United Kingdom is based around Pt V of the Children Act 1989, which makes provision for the protection of children at risk1. It imposes specific duties on local authorities to investigate where they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm2, and in other circumstances in which there is an issue surrounding child protection3.

If attempts to have a child examined or assessed voluntarily have failed, an application may be made to the court for a child assessment order, which will require the child to