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The threshold criteria are facts that must be proved during care proceedings before a court can consider making either a care order or a supervision order. In other words, children’s services must prove to the court that a ‘threshold’ has been met.
The threshold criteria are set out in Section 31(2) of the Children Act 1989.
Children’s services must be able to prove to the court that:
- The child is suffering (or is likely to suffer) significant harm, AND
- That harm is the result of the care being given to the child at home OR to the child being beyond the parents’ control.