Re RT (a child)

Parent and child – Permanence order proceedings – Compulsory supervision order. Sheriff Court: The court concluded that in permanence order proceedings in which the children's hearing decided to defer consideration of a compulsory supervision order to which the child was subject until 'a' subsequent hearing, without fixing a date for that hearing, and then continued the order until 'the' subsequent hearing, the order had not been competently continued and had been allowed, inadvertently, to come to an end with consequent risk to the child's welfare; if the children's hearing considered that it was necessary for the child to remain subject to a compulsory supervision order beyond the current expiry date and during the currency of an application for a permanence order, it should have continued that order in terms of s 138(3)(c) of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

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