Managing ‘spoiled identities’: parents’ experiences of Compulsory Parenting Support Programmes

Amanda Holt

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While recent years have seen a rapid growth of research exploring the usefulness of parenting support programmes, no empirical research to date has specifically explored experiences of compulsory parenting support. The present study examines the narrative accounts of 17 parents who, through a Parenting Order, were made to participate in such programmes. Findings suggest that the particular nature of court-sanctioning, and the ‘spoiled identity’ it produces, shapes how parents subsequently experience their parenting support. It concludes that government rhetoric should not use findings from voluntary attendance to support extending the use of compulsory parenting support programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-423
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


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