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Parenting orders

If a child is behaving in an antisocial way and their parents are not doing anything about it, a parenting order can sometimes help.

What is a parenting order?

A parenting order is a court order that can make parents do something to change or improve their children's behaviour and/or their own behaviour. A parenting order can help:

  • if a child is behaving badly and its parents won't take any action themselves
  • if the behaviour of the child/children is so bad, the parents either refuse or can't do anything about it
  • to improve the welfare of the child/children by helping with, for example, parenting skills and education.

Parenting orders are not a punishment. The idea is to help and support parents in improving or stopping antisocial behaviour. However, it is a criminal offence if you don't do what the order says. If you break a parenting order, you could be fined or even go to prison.

Where can I find out more?

Parenting orders can make parents do various things to change either their antisocial behaviour or that of their children. For example, parents might be told to attend counselling or parenting classes. Some of the terms in the parenting order might relate to your house but it's unlikely that all of them will. Have a look at the Scottish Government's information on parenting orders for more general details.

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