A child protection order is a type of court order that is issued by a judge for the purposes of protecting a child from instances of child abuse, or from exposure to domestic violence. This is to protect the child from exposure to further harm. Sometimes, they are referred to as CPO’s, or orders of protection. A child protection plan is a plan drawn up by the local authority. It sets out how the child can be kept safe, how things can be made better for the family and what support they will need.