The respondent of a Protection order will generally not be able to see his/her children unless the order is suspended due to the protected person agreeing to live with them, or there is a parenting agreement between applicant and the protected person. This is because the protection order will also protect any children who usually live with the protected adult.

The court also has the power to order a review of care arrangements which would involve a meeting between the applicant, the respondent, their lawyers and a lawyer for the child. The judge may make a temporary care order stating the arrangements for care of the child while the temporary protection order is in place.

Both parties can apply to the court for a parenting order to decide who will have day-to-day care; this is often done at the same time as the application for a protection order. The court will have to be satisfied of the safety of children before allowing any contact with the respondent parent and may require that any contact is supervised.


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