The children’s commissioner for England questioned the use of antisocial behaviour orders for some children today at the National Social Services Conference in Birmingham.
Al Aynsley-Green asked delegates whether Asbos were “always useful” and questioned if they were sometimes just a “sticking plaster” over deeper issues.
He said that he had heard of a child with autism who received an Asbo and that this demonstrated a lack of understanding about their condition.
Aynsley-Green added that children had told him that they needed somebody they could to turn to at a local level and that this was a challenge local authorities needed to meet.
He went on to highlight bullying as one of the main concerns children had raised with him and that many schools were in a “state of denial” about the problem.