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Section 76 reports
Where a care application is made in respect of a child or young person, the Court may place the child under the supervision of the Director General (section 76(1) of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998). Organisations may be responsible for the restoration of a child to their parent.
The Court may order that a report be prepared and filed ("section 76 report") that states the outcomes of supervision and whether there is a need for further supervision or further orders to protect the child or young person.
The maximum period of supervision is 12 months. It is important that reports are filed as directed by the Court, as a late filing precludes the Court from extending the period of supervision.