What is a care and protection order

A care and protection order (CPO) is a court order that serves to keep children and young persons below the age of 18 who are in need of care or protection safe.

Only the Director-General of Social Welfare (Director-General) or a child protection officer from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) may apply for a CPO.

An application for a CPO is heard in the Youth Courts, which handles cases involving children and young persons under the Children and Young Persons Act.

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