Police Protection Orders (PPO)

A Police Protection Order is an emergency measure taken when a child is considered by police officers to be at immediate risk of harm, such as physical or sexual abuse.

PPO lasts for 72 hours and enables the police to remove a child from a family home and find alternative accommodation for the child/ren until Social Services can decide whether there is a need to apply for an EPO or an ICO to continue to keep the child/ren safe.

As a PPO can often lead to a child/ren being taken into care, parents, guardians or carers with parental responsibility for the child/ren must seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor who deals with such matters and legal aid is available for such advice.