11. Can a person make an application on behalf of a minor without consent?

  • Application may be made without the consent of his guardian or parent if the applicant and the relevant investigating official and or Public Prosecutor can prove to the Director that exceptional circumstances exist that warrant such an application.
  • Where an application is made for the inclusion of a child to the programme without the consent of the parents or legal guardian, the Director of the Agency shall decide if it is necessary for the child’s safety, that he/she be included on to the programme and after applying to the High Court for a protection order, assume care over the child.
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