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Parenting Orders

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parenting orders have been (a) issued and (b) breached in each year since 1997. (302440)

Parenting orders were piloted between 30 September 1998 and 31 March 2000 and commenced in England and Wales in June 2000.

Data showing the breakdown of parenting orders issued for the period 30 September 1998 and 31 March 2000 are not available. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has since April 2000 collected the number of parenting orders issued by youth offending team (YOT) area, as reported to it by youth offending teams including education-related orders where the YOT has been involved. Since September 2004, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has collected data on the number of parenting orders issued in England related to non-attendance of children at school and exclusion from school at local authority level.

The number of parenting orders relating to crime or antisocial behaviour and those related to education as reported to the YJB by YOT area are shown in table A.

Breach of a parenting order is a criminal offence. Information showing the number of persons proven at court to have breached a parenting order from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in table B. Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Table A: Parenting orders by legal basis England and Wales YOTs

England and Wales

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total

Crime

725

807

765

686

979

1,069

1,014

1,049

7,094

Education

96

276

209

215

237

213

166

230

1,642

Other

158

129

202

197

686

Referral Order

176

183

227

295

881

ASBO

36

33

64

46

179

Sex Offences Prevention Order

0

0

1

0

1

Child Safety Order

0

0

1

0

1

Free Standing—YOT

7

7

16

8

38

Free Standing—LEA

0

0

18

21

39

Total

10,561

Note:

Data for Education and Free Standing—LEA categories may not be complete, as YOTs are not always informed of these parenting orders

Table B: Number of defendants proven at court to have breached a parenting order, under section 9(7) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, from 2003 to 20071

Number

2003

11

2004

20

2005

22

2006

25

2007

31

1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.