Prohibited Steps Order

A prohibited steps order under section 8 Children Act 1989 can be used to prevent an action or resolve a dispute relating to an aspect of parental responsibility for a child.

Parents, step-parents with parental responsibility, guardians, special guardians and an individual who is named in a child arrangements order as a person with whom the child is to live can apply for a prohibited steps order. Other individuals require the court’s permission to make an application for a prohibited steps order.

A prohibited steps order can be used to prevent:

  • A child being informed about their biological or assisted conception origins.
  • A child changing their gender.
  • A child’s name being changed.
  • A child undergoing medical treatment or an immunisation.
  • A child being removed from the care of a parent.
  • A child being taken abroad by a parent.
  • A child relocating within the UK.
  • An individual associating with a child (e.g. risk of exploitation or abuse).

In deciding whether to make a prohibited steps order, the child’s welfare is the court’s paramount consideration. They can be made in conjunction with other family orders (e.g. a child arrangements order). The court must also take into account a range of legal factors known as ‘the statutory checklist’ contained in section 1(3) of the Children Act 1989 and any other factors that it considers relevant.

We have preeminent legal expertise in fertility and family law. This enables us to place family life on a firm legal basis for modern families and those formed through assisted reproduction. We are at the forefront of law and policy, enabling us to deliver cutting-edge and innovative legal solutions.

If you require legal assistance or wish to discuss a prohibited steps order for a child contact us.

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