Section 25 Welfare Order criteria
Criteria under Welfare Grounds (Section 25 Children Act 1989)
The Local Authority must be able to demonstrate that:
S/he has a history of absconding and is likely to abscond from any other description of accommodation and
If s/he absconds s/he is likely to suffer significant harm or
If s/he is kept in any other description of accommodation s/he is likely to injure her/himself or other persons.
- care order
- interim care order
- emergency protection order
- child assessment order.
Magistrates must consider the views of the local authority in welfare cases, which are normally presented by the decision of a secure criteria panel, which has met before any such court hearing. The views of the young person are presented from themselves and also from solicitors and appointed guardians.