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A Parenting order is an order under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Parenting order is designed primarily to help and support parents when their children get into trouble.
A court may make an order on a parent or guardian of:
The court will also be able to impose this order when someone has been convicted of failing to ensure their child attends school regularly.
Any parent or carer that a young person lives including a step-parent with, can be given an order. A parent who is not living with the young person but has regular contact may be issued with an order separately.
If you are given a Parenting order, you may be required to attend counselling or guidance sessions where you will receive help on how to deal with the young person. These may include parenting skills: managing the young person's behaviour, how to respond more effectively to challenging adolescent demands, ensuring your child is home during set hours, and ensuring they attend school regularly.
The order will be for no longer than three months. The Court may impose a second element, which would require you to exercise control over your child's behaviour. This may last 12 months.
Parenting orders - frequently asked questions