Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service
Telephone: (01234) 276400
Fax: (01234) 276434
A Parenting Order is an order under the Crime and Disorder Act
1998. The Parenting Order was 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:
· a juvenile who is convicted of an offence.
· a child of whom is made subject of an Anti-social
Behaviour Order or a Sex Offender Order, and a child under 10 whom
is made subject to a Child Safety Order.
The court will also be able to impose this order when
someone has been convicted of failing to ensure their child attends
Any parent or carer that a young person lives with, this may
include a stepparent, 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 were you will receive help on how
to deal with the young person, e.g, 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 can be from three to twelve months. The Court may impose
a second element, which would require you to exercise control over
your child's behaviour. This may last twelve months.
How does the court decide to issue a
The Court will ask for the family to have an
assessment. This requires the Court to collect information on your
family circumstances and what affect a Parenting Order may
An Assessment will involve you talking to a Youth Offending Team
Officer who will talk to you regarding problems and issues that may
have contributed to the court appearance. They will consider
whether they feel a Parenting Order would be suitable, or whether
voluntary help would be acceptable. S/He will recommend the support
that would be most helpful for you and your family.
What if I cannot attend or I am
You must telephone the named responsible officer and
explain the reason you are unable to attend. You may be asked to
produce a sick note if you are ill.
What if I don't go to Court?
A Parenting Order can be made in the absence of the
parent and Guardian in Court. A parent should attend court to
support their child. It may give you the opportunity to express
your views if asked by the Court. Your Solicitor will give you
advice about being placed on a Parenting Order and your rights to
appeal against it.
What if I do not keep to the conditions of
If you have no genuine reason you will be in breach of
the Order. You will be given a written warning. If you still fail
to attend a Review meeting will be held. Further failure to comply
will result in you being taken back to court.
If convicted you could be liable for a fine up to £1000.
Tel: (01234) 276400
Fax: (01234) 276434