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Posted by: Julian | 2011/03/02

Rights of a 16 year old?

Hi there,

At what age can a child decide where he wants to stay (not with family)? I know of a boy who is 16 years old and is extremely unhappy with the current situation at his home. His mother drinks excessively, and he has to endure her physical and psychological abuse on an almost constant basis.
His father is currently in prison, and the boy has no contact with him.

Can he come and stay with us, so we could give him the love can care he needs? How will this work?

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
Julian.

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Our expert says:
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Hi Julian,

The best route to go with this is via Social Services, or to invlolve a private social worker. Although he is still a minor his living circumstances and his wishes will be listened to, and if he has a place of safety with you then that could certainly be a possibility.

You would need to contact your local social services child welfare department and take it from there. The new Children's Act certainly enshrines the rights of he child, and his safety and care would be paramount.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Vaal Donkie | 2011/03/22

I feel it should be spelled out very plainly that it is considered kidnapping if you let an under-aged child live with you against the wishes of the parent(s).

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Posted by: Teen expert | 2011/03/02

Hi Julian,

The best route to go with this is via Social Services, or to invlolve a private social worker. Although he is still a minor his living circumstances and his wishes will be listened to, and if he has a place of safety with you then that could certainly be a possibility.

You would need to contact your local social services child welfare department and take it from there. The new Children's Act certainly enshrines the rights of he child, and his safety and care would be paramount.

Best wishes

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