UK - Are ankle tags the answer for tackling parents with drink problems?
22 March 2013. For the past six months the Family Drug and Alcohol Court in London has been piloting a scheme using alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelets in child protection cases where parental alcohol addiction was a concern.
The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is exploring the costs of introducing a bracelet system to Scotland to deal with alcohol-related crime, and the Scottish Government says it is currently following the results of the London pilot "with interest".
The bracelet will protect children from abusive, drunken parents. Initial evidence suggests the ankle tags – which provide the authorities with real-time alerts if someone consumes alcohol – acted as a powerful deterrent for parents who faced having their children taken into care unless they got to grips with their drinking.