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Family Guidance Order: New Cases

With effect from 1 July 2020, the court order for a Children or Young Person (CYP) who is labelled as "Beyond Parental Control" has been renamed the "Family Guidance Order" (FGO) to emphasise the importance of the family to guide and support CYPs with behavioural concerns.

Family Guidance Order (FGO) is issued to CYPs who are below 16 years of age and display serious behavioural challenges that parents might apply for the Youth Court's assistance. Parents who wish to apply for an FGO must first arrange for an appointment to undergo a Pre-FGO screening with the appointed agencies.

In filing an FGO application, the parents and the CYP are first referred to attend a mandatory diversionary programme in the community termed "Pre-FGO Programme". This seeks to minimise the CYP’s exposure to the judicial system. If such diversionary measures fail, the Youth Court can place the CYP under statutory supervision at home or admit CYPs who display very high-risk behaviours into a residential facility.

New Beyond Parental Control Cases[1] by Gender

Gender 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 2018  2019
Male 28 29 21 36 26 31 29 27 57  37
Female 51 41 39 47 40 45 42 58 51  49
Total 63 70 60 83 66 76 71 85  108 86

 

 

New Beyond Parental Control Cases[2] by Age

Age 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017  2018 2019
10 years and below 0 3 0 1 0 1 0  0 1
11-12 years 4 8 6 12 3 9 3  4 3
13-14 years 32 36 31 40 39 39 24  42  56 52
15 years 27 23 23 30 24 27 44  39  44 30
Total 63 70 60 83 66 76 71  85  108 86

 

 


 
Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development 

 

Statistics were last updated on 16 April 2020 

 


 

 

Footnote:

1,2 Applies to BPC applications directed to MSF by Court for a social investigation.


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