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Case management hearing

The first court hearing after children’s services apply to the court for a care order or supervision order. It should take place between 12 and 18 days after children’s services make the application to court.

If you are a parent of the child, you will be a ‘party’ to the proceedings. You will receive a copy of the court application and supporting documents. This will include the date, time and place of the case management hearing.

At the case management hearing the court will:

  • Review the application, including the proposed care plan for the child.
  • Consider the immediate living arrangements for the child and whether an interim order is necessary. For example, an interim care order or interim supervision order.
  • Make sure a children’s guardian has been allocated to the child.
  • In cases with an international element, consider jurisdiction. This means whether the family court in England and Wales is the right court to make decisions about the child.
  • Identify the key issues the court needs to resolve in order to reach a final decision
  • Consider whether any expert evidence will be needed to help it resolve those issues
  • Set out a timetable for proceedings (with the aim of reaching a final decision within 26 weeks).

The court also is also likely to give directions for the assessment of family members as possible future carers of the child.

For more information see our advice pages on:

Care (and related) proceedings

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