child assessment order

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An order of the court made when a local authority or the NSPCC has concerns for a child's welfare in circumstances when the child's parents are refusing to allow the child to be medically or otherwise examined. The order authorizes such an examination but, importantly, does not confer parental responsibility on the applicant. If a local authority fears that a child is in immediate danger, or when it is denied access to a child, an emergency protection order should be applied for rather than a child assessment order.

Subjects: Law.

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