The removal of children from their family should usually be effected pursuant to an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) under the Children Act 1989 s.44, and s.46 of the Act should only be invoked by the police where it was not reasonably practicable to execute the Order. In deciding whether it was practicable to execute an EPO, the police should always have regard to the paramount need to protect children from significant harm.

[2005] EWCA Civ 1173

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