There will be situations where you are supporting a child or young person and their brother or sister is not subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order. This means that the child or young person you are supporting cannot seek participation individual status through a Children’s Hearing.

For example, you might be supporting a child or young person whose brother or sister is going to be made subject to a Permanence Order or Adoption Order, or one of these orders might already be in place. Alternatively, the brother or sister might be looked after on a voluntary basis under Section 25, or they might not be looked after at all.

In any of these situations there are still steps that can be taken to preserve and maintain their sibling relationships. A lawyer will be able to provide you with the relevant guidance and support.