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Children (Emergency Protection Orders) Act (Northern Ireland) 2007


7.The repeal of Article 64(8) was not publicly consulted upon as there was no alternative to the repeal due to its incompatibility with ECHR. Officials did, however, consult with professional colleagues in the Office of Social Services, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. The conclusion was that the repeal could be effected without detriment to the safety of children as it would have minimal impact due to the low numbers of EPOs involved. The police and social services have other powers available to them to act should an EPO be discharged and they continue to have concerns about the safety of a child.

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