A Parenting Order can be made on any parent or carer of a young person who is brought to court for an offence. A Parenting Order is usually given when a parent has not been willing to work with the Youth Offending Service on a voluntary basis to reduce the risk of their child offending or re-offending.
When a Parenting Order is in place, it means parents and carers must attend either a parenting skills programme or weekly counselling or guidance sessions for up to three months. The court can also add conditions lasting for up to 12 months, for example, ensuring that their child attends school or is at home during specified hours.
Non-compliance with a Parenting Order can result in a fine and/or a community penalty, absolute or conditional discharge or a community order.