A parental bind over is a promise to the court to take proper care and exercise proper control over the child.
Parents or guardians must consent to a bind over, but can be fined (up to £1000) if the court finds that they are not being reasonable in refusing to consent.
Parental bind overs can include a condition that the parent or guardian ensures their child complies with any community sentence the court has passed.
A parental bind over can be passed for a period of up to three years (or until the child reaches 18) and can only be passed in respect of children under 16 if the court is satisfied that the parental bind over is required to prevent further offending.
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This case highlights the current problems with the retention and disclosure of childhood criminal records. There is a real lack of clarity for children and young adults on what / when they have to disclose convictions & cautions. @unlockcharity is a great source of advice & info. twitter.com/ChrisStacey/st…
For Pupils and Junior Barristers! We are holding 2-day training course 3&10 March in central London. This training is an essential course for those who will be appearing in the youth court and representing children in the adult criminal courts. Book here: bit.ly/2EG27W8pic.twitter.com/I5IhWiRvd9
Another concerning disclosure case. Police and CPS have a legal duty to protect the welfare of all children including suspects. Police ‘ignored’ internet messages that cleared teenage rape suspect. bit.ly/2EnRK67