he Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced new powers for Local Authorities (LAs) to apply for a parenting order to help address children?s poor behaviour in schools. A recent survey suggested that most LAs in England were at a relatively early stage in their preparations for providing an appropriate range of parenting programmes to meet possible demand. On the basis of the survey five LAs were identified which had well developed provision based on contrasting approaches. Two utilised existing programmes available through alternative providers or early years provision, the others offered programmes in schools, one based on well established internationally available materials, the others on content developed in the LA. One of these actively encouraged schools to take over the programme after its initial introduction. The longer term needs relating to parenting programmes are considered in relation to these case studies
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