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Leaving home age...

Postby Ferone » Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:06 pm

At what age can a child leave home without parents consent? Heard different ages like its 16 and then it's 18 etc
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Re: Leaving home age...

Postby dls » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:11 am

A way to understand this kind of question is always to ask what sort of enforcement could reinforce any such right.
There is no formal age, no bright line.

A child who left home at fourteen could expect to be returned home unless they indicated an unwillingness to do so at which point there would be involvement from social services, who could decide (subject to court approval if necessary) that he should not return.
In such cases the primary question is what represents the best interests of the child.

A parent's 'right' may be limited to having a right to be heard when the decision is made
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Re: Leaving home age...

Postby Hairyloon » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:15 am

dls wrote:A child who left home at fourteen could expect to be returned home unless they indicated an unwillingness to do so at which point there would be involvement from social services, who could decide (subject to court approval if necessary) that he should not return.

At what age would social services not get involved?
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Re: Leaving home age...

Postby dls » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:20 am

There is now a fair sized industry of transition services. Again there is no bright line. Particular circumstances and capacities might warrant continuing assistance.
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Re: Leaving home age...

Postby Ferone » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:15 pm

Thank you for the replies.
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