Parenting dating contracts

The parenting contract is used where a parent is reluctant to engage in a voluntary contact agreement or would benefit from a more formal arrangement.

A parenting contract may also be used where a young person has been referred to the YOS having been identified as someone who is likely to engage in criminal conduct or anti-social behaviour, for example via the Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions Panel.

The aim is to work in partnership to improve the behaviour of the child or young person.

In negotiating a contract the specific requirements included under Section 25(3)(a) of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 should specifically address criminal conduct or anti-social behaviour.

The responsible officer will contact the parents within one working day of any apparent breach of the contract to seek an explanation.

If it is reasonable and overall the contract is still proving useful then the breach and reasons should all be recorded and the contract would continue as normal.

There is a presumption that a Parenting Order will be made where a young person under the age of 16 is convicted of an offence or an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction and the above conditions apply.

If not making the order the court must state why in open court.The legislation does not specify a standard of proof for this, but courts might in practice insist on a criminal standard of proof.The second condition is a judgement so does not involve a specific standard of proof.In light of this meeting the responsible officer should decide whether the breach is undermining the contract to the extent that they need to apply for a Parenting Order or whether to persevere with the contract.The responsible officer must record the decision and reasons.Where a Parenting Contract is being considered the parenting officer will consult with other agencies working with the child or young person or carers to ensure that the proposed work complements, rather than conflicts with, any existing interventions.

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