New Home Office Asbo guidance states that children given antisocial behaviour orders must also receive individual support orders (Isos) if this will tackle the underlying causes of their behaviour.
Figures published last year by children’s charity NCH suggested Isos are rarely used alongside Asbos; only seven were issued to children from May to December 2004, compared with more than 600 Asbos in the same period.
Individual support orders are civil orders that can be attached to Asbos made against children aged 10 to 17. They impose positive requirements on young people, for example education on social skills.
The Home Office guidance, published on Tuesday, is aimed at practitioners including social workers, youth offending teams, police and judges.