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PARENTS of yobs will be forced to attend CLASSES to learn how to bring their wild kids into line.
 
They will spend THREE MONTHS being given parenting training, under tough plans being drawn up by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.
 
And mums and dads whose youngsters breach Asbos will have to sign “parenting orders” promising to keep a tight rein on them — or be taken to court.
 
Mr Johnson explained: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is one of my major priorities as Home Secretary.
 
“If a teenager is in danger of going off the rails, then one of the best ways to deal with it is to give parents more support at an early stage.”
 
Under his plans, if a child aged from ten to 15 gets into trouble its parents would be hauled in for a compulsory assessment.
 
The interview would look at why their child had gone off the rails and what extra help they need. They would then have to attend parenting classes once a week for 12 weeks to learn how to discipline the kid.
 
The new move, to be announced later this year, is aimed at intervening early in a bid to turn tearaways around. It will apply to all kids heading for an Asbo.
 
New measures are also planned for thugs who have already been given Asbos. If they breach them their parents will be automatically served with a parenting order. They would have to attend parenting classes — sometimes residential — as well as signing up to strict conditions.
 
Parents could be told to attend regular meetings at school and make the kid go to homework clubs or extra lessons.
 
They can also be ordered to make sure the youngster doesn’t go to forbidden places or hang out with other troublemakers. And they could have to enforce a curfew.
 
The conditions would be in place for up to a year. And the parent could be prosecuted for failing to keep them and fined up to £1,000.
 
Mr Johnson said: “Being a parent isn’t always easy, and sometimes people need structured help and support from professionals so that they can respond better to challenging teenagers.
 
“When it comes to tackling anti-social behaviour, it’s parents and carers who play the really key role in preventing young people from turning to criminality or the kind of street disorder that can have such an impact on others’ lives.
 
“Parenting orders are not punishments — they are a way of giving adults the skills they need to fulfil their responsibilities.”
 
The Home Secretary’s plans come as the News of the World drives forward its Save Our Streets campaign to crack down on crime and violence blighting our neighbourhoods.
 
Mr Johnson welcomed the roadshows we are hosting across the country, saying: “They give everyone the chance to have their say on what can be done to make communities safer.”

 

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