In the Media

Councils find it hard to cope on parent orders

PUBLISHED April 5, 2005

Most local authorities in Scotland are struggling with the introduction of parenting orders, research by The Herald has found.

The order, one of the most controversial elements of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, came into force yesterday, but many councils have no clear strategy for its implementation.
The orders will force parents who have "deliberately or recklessly" failed their children to accept support if they have not agreed to it voluntarily. Those who breach the orders could be fined or jailed.