The Government is currently consulting on draft guidance to local authorities (LAs) and registered social landlords (RSLs) on the use of parenting orders and parenting contracts. The guidance covers the amendments to the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 by the Police and Justice Act 2006 which came into effect on 29 June 2007. These state that LAs and RSLs may enter into parenting contracts and apply for parenting orders with the parents or carers of children who are involved in anti-social behaviour. The parenting order powers are currently only available to county councils and unitary authorities, but not district councils within two-tier authorities, however new legislation is in the pipelines.
The draft guidance adds substance to the existing legislation, identifying frameworks for the assessment process, the role of the "responsible officer", how to draw up a parenting contract, applying for a parenting order, the use of parenting programmes, and proceedings and penalties for breaches of parenting orders.
The deadline for responses is 15 February 2008.
The consultation documents and the draft guidance can be found here.