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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 08:16 GMT 09:16 UK
Parental anger management plan
Education Minister Peter Peacock
Peter Peacock said a number of options were being considered
Parents could be forced to attend anger management classes under new powers being considered for Scotland's children's hearing system.

The Scottish Executive said it forms part of its review of children's panels.

Education Minister Peter Peacock told Radio Scotland's Sunday Live parents should be more responsible.

Last year the system dealt with about 38,000 children who needed care and protection.

Mr Peacock said the review was looking at ways to improve the system and parental behaviour could be improved.

He said: "It might be looking at parenting orders in relation to parents taking certain actions to help them set parameters for their children.

Modern system

"Or taking anger management courses, making sure their children get to school on time.

"We need to ask if the panel should have these potential powers."

The executive launched its first review of the hearing's system since it was established more than 30 years ago.

Mr Peacock has said the aim of the review was to create a modern system which addresses the needs of all young people, whether they are in need of care and protection or involved in offending.

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