Exclusion Order

As an alternative to removing a child from a dangerous situation, the court can make an exclusion order, which removes the person presenting the danger from the child's home. This may be appropriate in cases such as domestic abuse where the perpetrator does not voluntarily leave the home.

What does the order mean?

There must be a person remaining in the home capable of taking responsibility for the child's protection and a power of arrest may be attached to the order (section 62, Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008).

An exclusion order can last for a maximum of 1 year. If it is made without giving notice to the excluded person it can only be in place for 5 days.

Various ancillary orders may be made, including regulating contact, payment of rent or mortgage, safeguarding the possessions of the excluded person (section 61, Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008).