If you are a parent or guardian of a child, you can apply for a family guidance order (FGO) if you need help guiding your child who is under 16 years of age. FGO applications are heard in the Youth Courts.
It replaces the former beyond parental control (BPC) orders to reflect the shift in focus from solely the behaviour of the child to the role of the family.
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As the FGO application process usually includes the completion of the family programme which may take a few months, you should not wait to make your application too close to the date when your child reaches 16 years of age.
The Youth Courts will only issue an FGO if all the following requirements are met:
If the court is satisfied that the requirements for an FGO are met, it may do any of the following:
If your child breaches (disobeys) an FGO, the welfare officer in charge of your child’s case may take out proceedings in court for the breach. Your child may then be remanded in the Singapore Boys Home or Singapore Girls Home while a report is prepared on them.
The court will consider the report before deciding on further orders necessary for your child.
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.