A prohibited steps order details certain actions that cannot be taken by a person so named in the order without the consent of the court. A common example is parents being prohibited from taking their children out of the country.
Prohibited steps will be dealt with in private family proceedings and social services staff will have little involvement. There will be times when a child, accommodated under s(20) of the Children Act 1989, will be subject to a prohibited steps order.
It is possible for a social services department to make an application for a prohibited steps order but it is very rare.
Prohibited steps orders cannot be made with respect to a child who is subject to a care order.
Prohibited steps orders cannot be used to achieve an outcome which could be achieved through use of a residence or contact order
Prohibited steps orders cannot be made on children who are over the age of sixteen, or will be at the end of the duration of the order, unless the Court is satisfied that the circumstances of the case are exceptional.
Prohibited steps orders can exist in conjunction with all other s8 orders; residence, contact and specific issue.