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Parental Orders and Teenagers with ASBOs – Help for parents with antisocial children

Lucy Graudus
Written by Lucy Graudus

If a child is behaving in an antisocial manner and their parents aren’t doing anything about it, a parenting order can really help. Anyone over the age of 12 can be given an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) if they behave antisocially. Antisocial behaviour includes drunken or threatening behaviour, vandalism and graffiti and playing loud music at night.  

Helping, not Hindering 

It’s important to note that Parenting Orders aren’t a punishment. The idea is to help and support parents in stopping this antisocial behaviour. 

What is a Parenting Order? 

A Parenting Order is a court order that can make parents do something to change or improve their child’s behaviour. This can help if the parents refuse to take any actions themselves or can’t do anything about it. This is inevitably to improve the welfare of their child by helping them with things like parenting skills and education. 

What happens if I don’t follow it? 

It’s a criminal offence to completely go against what the order says. If you break a parenting order, you could be fined or even go to prison. Parenting orders are designed to ensure that parents are better equipped to meet their parental responsibilities, regardless of what personal difficulties they may face. Have a look at the Scottish Government’s information on parenting orders for more general details. 

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