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Respect Squads

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 783W, on respect squads, what the qualifications are for appointment as a nationally recognised expert practitioner in a respect squad; what support they offer local partners; and who those partners are. (176122)

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Responsibility for the respect squad now rests with the Home Office which provides support to local delivery partners in tackling antisocial behaviour. The members of the respect squad were chosen for their experience and expertise at a national level in the field of antisocial behaviour. All members are highly qualified professionals from local authorities, the police and the independent sector. They are skilled practitioners in antisocial behaviour law and practice, and in particular, in their specialisms as principle solicitors, police professionals and heads of antisocial behaviour services. In addition, all members are experienced in training and advising other professionals in this field. The future role of the squad is currently under review.