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March 9, 2006

Britain will soon begin sending "supernannies" to chaotic households, in an echo of the television reality show "Supernanny," says the London Times. The "supernannies" -- specially trained social workers in areas such as health care, nursing or child protection -- spend 15 months reforming antisocial families at risk of losing their children.

Each day, the caseworker will:

  • Arrive early in the morning to ensure the household is out of bed and children sent to school, and will stay late at night until the children's bedtime.
  • Ensure children eat and dress properly, older children come home at a decent time, and unemployed parents find a job.

The program requires:

  • A per family costs of $26,000 U.S. dollars.
  • A single case worker per family, who only moves on when evidence shows households are responding.
  • Each social worker to win the confidence of their family by helping them solve simple problems, such as gripes about their housing.

Caseworkers will be with the family morning, noon and night, and if they must shout through the letter box and bang on doors to get in, that is what they will do, says a Home Office source. After all, the program hopes to reform the antisocial families who bring misery to their neighborhoods, says the Times.

Source: Editorial, "Antisocial Families to Get "Supernannies," London Times, March 5, 2006.


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