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6In Schedule 1 to that Act (youth offender panels: further court proceedings), after Part 1 there is inserted—E+W

Part 1a E+Wreferral of parent or guardian for breach of section 20 order

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9A(1)This Part of this Schedule applies where, under section 22(2A) of this Act, a youth offender panel refers an offender’s parent or guardian to a youth court.

(2)In this Part of this Schedule—

(a)the offender” means the offender whose parent or guardian is referred under section 22(2A);

(b)the parent” means the parent or guardian so referred; and

(c)the youth court” means a youth court as mentioned in section 22(2A).

Mode of referral to court

9BThe panel shall make the referral by sending a report to the youth court explaining why the parent is being referred to it.

Bringing the parent before the court

9C(1)Where the youth court receives such a report it shall cause the parent to appear before it.

(2)For the purpose of securing the attendance of the parent before the court, a justice acting for the petty sessions area for which the court acts may—

(a)issue a summons requiring the parent to appear at the place and time specified in it; or

(b)if the report is substantiated on oath, issue a warrant for the parent’s arrest.

(3)Any summons or warrant issued under sub-paragraph (2) above shall direct the parent to appear or be brought before the youth court.

Power of court to make parenting order: application of supplemental provisions

9D(1)Where the parent appears or is brought before the youth court under paragraph 9C above, the court may make a parenting order in respect of the parent if—

(a)it is proved to the satisfaction of the court that the parent has failed without reasonable excuse to comply with the order under section 20 of this Act; and

(b)the court is satisfied that the parenting order would be desirable in the interests of preventing the commission of any further offence by the offender.

(2)A parenting order is an order which requires the parent—

(a)to comply, for a period not exceeding twelve months, with such requirements as are specified in the order, and

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (4) below, to attend, for a concurrent period not exceeding three months, such counselling or guidance programme as may be specified in directions given by the responsible officer.

(3)The requirements that may be specified under sub-paragraph (2)(a) above are those which the court considers desirable in the interests of preventing the commission of any further offence by the offender.

(4)A parenting order under this paragraph may, but need not, include a requirement mentioned in subsection (2)(b) above in any case where a parenting order under this paragraph or any other enactment has been made in respect of the parent on a previous occasion.

(5)A counselling or guidance programme which a parent is required to attend by virtue of subsection (2)(b) above may be or include a residential course but only if the court is satisfied—

(a)that the attendance of the parent at a residential course is likely to be more effective than his attendance at a non-residential course in preventing the commission of any further offence by the offender, and

(b)that any interference with family life which is likely to result from the attendance of the parent at a residential course is proportionate in all the circumstances.

(6)Before making a parenting order under this paragraph where the offender is aged under 16, the court shall obtain and consider information about his family circumstances and the likely effect of the order on those circumstances.

(7)Sections 8(3) and (8), 9(3) to (7) and 18(3) and (4) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 apply in relation to a parenting order made under this paragraph as they apply in relation to any other parenting order.

Appeal

9E(1)An appeal shall lie to the Crown Court against the making of a parenting order under paragraph 9D above.

(2)Subsections (2) and (3) of section 10 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (appeals against parenting orders) apply in relation to an appeal under this paragraph as they apply in relation to an appeal under subsection (1)(b) of that section.

Effect on section 20 order

9F(1)The making of a parenting order under paragraph 9D above is without prejudice to the continuance of the order under section 20 of this Act.

(2)Section 63(1) to (4) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (power of magistrates' court to deal with person for breach of order, etc) apply (as well as section 22(2A) of this Act and this Part of this Schedule) in relation to an order under section 20 of this Act.

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