Child safety order

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Child Safety Order - Guidance

Child Safety Order guidance revised in November 2007 by the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Children Schools and Families. This replaces the guidance issued in May 2000. It adds to the statements issued in June 2005; brings the guidance up to date with legislation and makes changes consistent with revised guidance on parenting orders.
This guidance provides advice for courts, local authorities with social services responsibilities and youth offending teams (YOTs) on the operation of the Child Safety Order. It deals with:

  • the context and procedure for applications for the order
  • the procedure in court when applications are considered
  • the requirements which may be included in the order
  • the role of the responsible officer
  • transfer of cases
  • variation and discharge
  • appeals
  • breach.

What is the Child Safety Order?

The Child Safety Order is a court disposal aimed at children under the age of 10. It is an early intervention measure designed to prevent children becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

Main features of the order

The order will be applicable in circumstances where a child under 10:

  • commits an act, which, if he or she had been aged 10 and over, would have constituted an offence
  • behaves in such a way as to suggest that he or she is at risk of offending
  • behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause disruption or harassment to local residents
  • contravenes a ban imposed under a local Child Curfew notice.
  • It will be available on an application by the local authority social services department to a family proceedings court. The order will place the relevant child under the supervision of a responsible officer who is likely to be a social worker. The order will normally be for up to three months duration, but in exceptional circumstances the order could last for up to twelve months.
  • The court may impose any requirements which are desirable in the interests of securing that the child receives appropriate care, protection and support and is subject to proper control or to prevent a repetition of the kind of behaviour which led to the order being made.
  • If the child fails to comply with the requirements of the order, the court will have the option of considering whether the child should be taken into care.
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