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SignificantHarm : before a court can make a CareOrder it must be proved to the court that a child was suffering SignificantHarm at the time the application for a CareOrder was issued or was likely to suffer SignificantHarm. Harm is defined in the act as including ill-treatment or the impairment of health and development This can now include seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another which covers the situation if a child witnesses violence in the family home even if no one is directly violent to the child. There is no statutory definition of 'significant'. Even a one-off incident might amount to significant harm if it was particularly serious, such as if a child is physically injured. One incident of harm, such as not feeding a child is less likely to count as significant but if that continued over a period of time putting a child's health at risk then it would be considered significant.

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