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Family Guidance Order: New Cases

Family Guidance Order: New Cases

With effect from 1 July 2020, the Youth Court can make a "Family Guidance Order" (FGO), to guide families in their parenting, with community support.

The parents and their child or young person (CYP) aged below 16 years are first required to attend a family programme by a social service agency, before they may file for an FGO application. The intent is for the family to improve their relationship and support the CYP in his/her development. If necessary, after the programme, the Youth Court may make an FGO to place the CYP under statutory supervision at home or admit CYPs who display very high-risk behaviours into a residential facility. In 2020, one FGO was made by the Court.

Prior to 1 July 2020, the Youth Court could make “Beyond Parental Control” orders to help parents who are unable to manage their CYPs with difficult behaviours. The BPC regime was replaced with FGO through amendments to the Children and Young Persons Act, to emphasise the role and responsibility of the family, rather than the behaviour of the child.

Number of Applications for Beyond Parental Control Orders, by Year and Gender

Gender 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 2018  2019 Jan - Jun 2020
Male 29 21 36 26 31 29 27 57  37 15
Female 41 39 47 40 45 42 58 51  49 19
Total 70 60 83 66 76 71 85  108 86 34

 

 BPC graph by gender..png

Number of Applications for Beyond Parental Control Orders, by Year and Age at Point of the Court Order

Age 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017  2018 2019 Jan - Jun 2020
< 13 years 11 6 13 3 10 3 4 8 4 2
13 to < 16 years 59 54 70 63 66 68 81 100 82 32
Total 70 60 83 66 76 71 85  108  86 34

 BPC graph by year and age..png

Download: Family-Guidance-Order-Statistics.xlsx

Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development 

Statistics were last updated on 10 May 2021

 
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