Applying for a family guidance order (FGO) should only be a last resort. Before making an application, you are encouraged to do the following:
You must first make an appointment for a pre-FGO screening interview with one of the following appointed agencies to begin your application for an FGO:
At the agency, the agency staff will interview you and your child (if present) and advise you on steps to take. They may also refer you and your child to a suitable family programme.
Based on the outcome of the family programme, you can decide if you would like to proceed with the FGO application for your child.
If your child is not responsive or refuses to attend the family programme, the agency staff will arrange an appointment for you to make the FGO application in court.
Once an FGO application has been made in the Youth Courts, it may only be withdrawn with the court's consent.
At your first appointment with the appointed agency, you will need to bring along the following documents:
The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.Find out more
Legislation associated with this topic includes:
Click here (PDF, 43 KB) for the Comparative Table for the Children and Young Persons Act.