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Was it a restraining order from a criminal court or was it a non-molestation order from the family court? If he starts up the harassment/ threats again after the order expires she can apply for a new non-molestation order.
In terms of him seeing the children, she might decide this is too risky as it will put the children at risk of harm. Around the time the order is due to expire she should call Social Services for advice, they might say the father should have no contact with the children.
If he wants to apply for a court order then that is for him to do. It's a lot of expense and hassle and it isn't quick. At the very least it will cost him about £300 to attend the initial mediation information session and to then issue a court application.
If the matter went to court, because of the past domestic violence your daughter would likely qualify for legal aid depending on her personal circumstances. She can find one here: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk. She will need to look for a Family Law - Private Law - Legal Aid solicitor. She may be able to get help now applying for protective orders if she thinks there is a need for one or she can wait until nearer September.
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Sounds like it may have been a restraining order then, following the father's criminal conviction. In any event she can apply for a non-molestation order instead shortly before the restraining order if she wishes. It is a lot simpler if she does qualify for legal aid as the solicitors can do everything for her.
On the basis that the father does not appear on the birth certificate he does not have automatic parental rights so if he were to try to remove the child it would be abduction. He can apply for parental responsibility but it takes a long time and she will be notified that he has applied. If she disputes paternity then he would have to have a DNA test (hair). Getting parental responsibility is an extra hurdle he has to jump over meaning it would take him even longer to get to court if he was to apply.
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