supervision order

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1 An order of the court placing a child under the supervision of a local authority or a probation officer whose duty it is to advise and assist the child (Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 s 63). The court can make a supervision order only if certain threshold criteria are satisfied. A supervisor may have wide powers, for example to ensure that the child lives as directed or attends specified activities; in addition, the supervisor may apply for an education supervision order if the child is of compulsory school age and not receiving adequate education. A supervision order does not confer parental responsibility and initially lasts only for one year with a possible extension for up to a maximum of three years. Compare care order.

2 A youth community order placing a juvenile offender under the supervision of a responsible officer. A range of specified conditions may be attached to the order.

Subjects: Law.

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