Termination, discharge and variation of care and supervision orders
Produced in partnership with Maud Davis of TV Edwards LLP
Termination, discharge and variation of care and supervision orders

The following Family guidance note Produced in partnership with Maud Davis of TV Edwards LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Termination, discharge and variation of care and supervision orders
  • Care orders—general
  • Care orders—discharge
  • Care orders—variation
  • Supervision orders—general
  • Supervision orders—variation or discharge
  • Supervision orders—extension

Care orders—general

A care order ends when the child reaches 18 or if brought to an end in another way. A child arrangements order naming a person as one with whom the child is to live, or special guardianship order brings a care order, including an interim care order (ICO), to an end. An adoption order extinguishes a care order. A placement order suspends, but does not extinguish, a care order, and the care order is reactivated if the placement order is revoked. Any contact order under section 34 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) is discharged by a placement order, so any necessary contact orders prior to adoption will then be made under section 26 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002). A care order ceases to have effect if the child is lawfully taken to live in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

As there must be regular reviews of the cases of children in care, where one obligation is to decide whether there should be any change in the child’s legal status, the local authority should make its own application for discharge if that is appropriate, and not wait for someone else to apply.

For further information, see:

Butterworths Family Law Service > Children > 3A Narrative > Chapter 13 Care