Plans for orders ignore social work

    Government plans to extend its “respect” agenda, including an
    increase in parenting orders, have been slammed by social care
    leaders.

    Plans to give housing officers, antisocial behaviour officers
    and schools increased powers to issue parenting orders, announced
    by prime minister Tony Blair last week, have been attacked as
    ignoring the role of social workers.

    British Association of Social Workers professional officer Ruth
    Cartwright said: “Are schools, housing and antisocial behaviour
    officers the best people to assess family’s needs and decide what
    route should be followed? Where do social workers come in?”

    BASW also attacked proposals allowing agencies to issue
    parenting orders where a child showed a “propensity” for antisocial
    behaviour.

    Blair went on to announce the creation of a new “respect” unit
    headed up by former antisocial behaviour “tsar” Louise Casey.

     

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