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Poor Parenting Main Cause of Criminal Behaviour, Says Casey

Magazine article Public Finance

Poor Parenting Main Cause of Criminal Behaviour, Says Casey

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Local authorities, central government and parents must broaden their sights in the fight against antisocial behaviour and focus on prevention as well as punishment, Whitehall's 'respect' czar demanded this week.

Following further criticism of the government s reactive antisocial behaviour tools, Louise casey called for an equal emphasis on preventative measures - in particular on tackling bad parenting.

She told a gathering of the Public Management and Policy Association on November 7 that evidence shows that poor parenting is the major driver in criminal behaviour'.

'Of course, other things matter, but if we can get parenting right - and the good news is that we can teach it - then we can make a very significant difference to the future of those kids and communities,' she said.

Casey added that public bodies should play a part in improving parenting. She drew on evidence of successful parent-support projects in Australia and the US, which tackled difficulties among young parents and those with mental health problems. …

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