A prohibited steps order prevents someone with parental responsibility from doing something with the child without the consent of the Court. A prohibited steps order is meant to deal with a specific problem that has arisen, and is not something that should be used if a residence order or a contact order would resolve the problem.

The Court will make a prohibited steps order if it believes it is in the best interests of the child to do so and will consider what are the child’s best interests with reference to the welfare checklist.

If there is no residence order in force, then a prohibited steps order could be used to prohibit the removal of the child from the country.