Community Parenting Order

A Community Parenting Order is an order which gives parental responsibility to the Committee for Health and Social Care (the Committee). It is intended for use when it is likely that there is a need for a long term placement for the child away from the family.

What is the impact of a community parenting order?

The purpose of the order (in short) is:

A community parenting order cannot be made unless the court has first approved the content of the child's plan, and, either,


Reasonable contact with people who are important to the child should be maintained unless to do so would place the child at risk.

Parental Responsibility

The granting of the order does not remove parental responsibility from those who have it but the Committee can determine the extent to which those people exercise their parental responsibility except for the following: