1.5.7 Parental Control Issues
When children are brought to the attention of police or community because of behaviour problems, it may indicate vulnerability, poor supervision or neglect. It is important to consider if these are children in need and if multi-agency support should be provided.
A range of powers should be used to engage families to improve the child's behaviour if this cannot be secured on a voluntary basis.
The Child Safety Order (CSO is a compulsory intervention available below the Significant Harm threshold, designed to assist the child improve her/his behaviour and is likely to be used alongside other methods of intervention with the family. The local authority can apply for a CSO where:
- A child has committed an act which would have been an offence if s/he were aged 10 or above;
- It is necessary to prevent such an act;
- The child has caused harassment, distress or harm to others.
A Parenting Order can be made as well as a CSO or when a CSO is breached. It is designed to engage with and support parents to develop an ability to undertake parental responsibilities.