A Court can make a Care Order in respect of a child to a Local Authority (LA) or another “authorised person”(NSPCC) under Section 31 of the Children Act 1989 if it is satisfied that the “threshold criteria” are met in that:
- the child concerned is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm; and
- that the harm, or likelihood of harm, is attributable to:
- the care given to the child, or likely to be given to him if the order were not made, not being what it would be reasonable to expect a parent to give him; or
- the child being beyond parental control.