Support for Parents and Carers > Parenting Orders
Parents (including any carer or guardians of
children) are responsible for the safety and care of
their children, and the great majority try very hard
to achieve that. But parents and carers also share
responsibility for the behaviour of their children,
and must attend court if their children get into
The Youth Justice Service supports parents and carers and will not judge or blame you but treat you with respect. They will acknowledge your rights and empower you in taking responsibility for your children.
What is a Parenting Order?
In 1998 The Crime and Disorder Act introduced Parenting Orders in order to reduce offending behaviour and positively empower parents.
You may receive a Parenting Order because your child is the subject of an ASBO or has committed a criminal offence. (Education may apply for Parenting Orders)
Voluntary or Statutory Parenting Support?
There are two options available:
Voluntary Parenting Support – If your child is involved with the Youth Offending Team, as a parent you can request Voluntary Parenting Support. This can be as little as three sessions, or more if you wish.
Statutory Parenting Orders – A Parenting Order consists of an assessment, and parenting programme/counselling for a maximum of 3 months. This may be delivered on an individual basis, or in some areas there are Group Parenting Programmes available.
Court may attach Specific Requirements to the Order
which may last up to 12 months. These requirements
could include ensuring your child attends school, or
is at home at specific times.
Who can get a Parenting Order?
If your child commits an offence - an order could be given to parents (even if they do not live together), step parents, guardians, or carers.
What if I do not drive and have young children?
The Youth Justice Service will take into account your childcare needs, work commitments, disability and locality when arranging appointments with you. Appointments will be no more than once per week.
What if I am worried about writing or group work?
North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service will try to ensure that you are comfortable with the Programme provided, particularly if you have difficulties reading and writing. North Yorkshire is a rural county and you may be offered sessions at your home. All Programmes will be delivered with understanding, empathy and confidentiality.
What if I do not comply with a Statutory Parenting Order?
Failure to comply with the Order is a criminal offence and may result in prosecution by the Police.
A level 3 fine (up to £1000), a Community Order or absolute/condition discharge could be imposed on you.