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Children Beyond Parental Control

Children beyond parental control are those below 16 years of age and who display behavioural problems in school or at home. They are not offenders, but their behaviour may be serious enough that parents might apply to the Court for assistance in managing them.

Laying a complaint in the Court is often a last resort for parents / caregivers as this could severely strain or affect the relationship between them and the child.

When a parent / caregiver lays a complaint at the Juvenile Court that their child is beyond their control under Section 50 of the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA), the Court will direct MSF to prepare a social report.

The Court can make an order for the child to be placed in safe custody in either a Boys’ or Girls’ Home for up to five weeks.

MSF will assess the case and make recommendations to the Court on treatment options. The Court may decide to give the juvenile a caution or refer the juvenile to a social service agency for counselling.

The Court can also make an order with the parents’ / caregivers’ consent to place the child under statutory supervision or admit him / her into a Home gazetted under the CYPA for a period not exceeding three years.

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Published On Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Last Reviewed On Tue, Dec 20, 2016