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.
Prior to 1 July 2020, the FGO was known as “Beyond Parental Control” (BPC), intended 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
Number of Applications for Family Guidance Orders, by Year and Gender (with effect from 1 Jul 2020)
Number of Applications for Beyond Parental Control Orders, by Year and Age at Point of the Court Order
Number of Applications for Family Guidance Orders, by Year and Age at Point of the Court Order (with effect from 1 Jul 2020)
Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development
Statistics were last updated on 11 April 2022