Too little, too late? parenting orders as a form of crime prevention

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/326354
Title:
Too little, too late? parenting orders as a form of crime prevention
Authors:
Vlugter, Roberta
Abstract:
The development of Youth Justice in the UK since the early 1990s has been informed by the belief that the family plays a key role in youth offending. In 1998 the parenting order was introduced, based on the assumption that interventions to improve parenting will have a positive effect upon offending. The availability of the order was extended in 2005, reflecting the view that parents who do not undertake parenting support are being wilfully negligent of their responsibilities and must be made to take the help offered. In this thesis the assumptions justifying the parenting order and its extensions are questioned. Evidence suggests that although parenting is influential, it is one of many factors associated with the onset of or desistence from offending. Furthermore, as this thesis highlights, parents likely to receive parenting orders are often experiencing several personal and environmental 'stressors', creating high levels of need. These situational pressures and high level of need, this thesis argues, are likely to make it difficult for them to be effective in their role, or to gain long term benefit from attending a parenting programme. Furthermore, many parents have histories of unsuccessfully seeking assistance from 'helping agencies', refuting the assumption of wilful neglect. This thesis considers the advantages and limitations of parenting work as a form of crime prevention and specifically looks at the use of the parenting order. An argument is presented for a wider, more holistic approach to parenting work than that offered by the parenting order as a form of crime prevention and for providing assistance to families earlier.
Citation:
Vlugter, R. (2009) 'Too little, too late? parenting orders as a form of crime prevention'. Professional doctorate thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Oct-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/326354
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Professional Doctorate in Youth Justice
Appears in Collections:
PhD e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorVlugter, Robertaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-22T11:12:27Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-22T11:12:27Z-
dc.date.issued2009-10-
dc.identifier.citationVlugter, R. (2009) 'Too little, too late? parenting orders as a form of crime prevention'. Professional doctorate thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/326354-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Professional Doctorate in Youth Justiceen
dc.description.abstractThe development of Youth Justice in the UK since the early 1990s has been informed by the belief that the family plays a key role in youth offending. In 1998 the parenting order was introduced, based on the assumption that interventions to improve parenting will have a positive effect upon offending. The availability of the order was extended in 2005, reflecting the view that parents who do not undertake parenting support are being wilfully negligent of their responsibilities and must be made to take the help offered. In this thesis the assumptions justifying the parenting order and its extensions are questioned. Evidence suggests that although parenting is influential, it is one of many factors associated with the onset of or desistence from offending. Furthermore, as this thesis highlights, parents likely to receive parenting orders are often experiencing several personal and environmental 'stressors', creating high levels of need. These situational pressures and high level of need, this thesis argues, are likely to make it difficult for them to be effective in their role, or to gain long term benefit from attending a parenting programme. Furthermore, many parents have histories of unsuccessfully seeking assistance from 'helping agencies', refuting the assumption of wilful neglect. This thesis considers the advantages and limitations of parenting work as a form of crime prevention and specifically looks at the use of the parenting order. An argument is presented for a wider, more holistic approach to parenting work than that offered by the parenting order as a form of crime prevention and for providing assistance to families earlier.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectL410 UK Social Policyen
dc.subjectparentsen
dc.subjectparenting ordersen
dc.subjectcrime preventionen
dc.subjectyouth justiceen
dc.titleToo little, too late? parenting orders as a form of crime preventionen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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