Children breaching ASBOs to be named and shamed

Children who breach antisocial behaviour orders will be named
and shamed by the media, David Blunkett announced this week.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, the home
secretary said he would legislate to make it easier for the media
to report breaches of ASBOs by under-18s.

“We are making it easier for local news outlets to tell
communities when young people breach ASBOs, who has breached them
and what to do if they see someone in an area where they have been
excluded or are up to no good.”

Children breaching ASBOs has lead to an increase in the number
of children being sent to custody this year.

Blunkett also announced that ten areas would run intensive
parenting programmes for parents who refuse to accept support.
These would use a combination of parenting orders, injunctions and
ASBOs and, where necessary, the problems would be tackled in a
residential setting.

The home secretary revealed there would be three intensive
professional fostering schemes from the end of October in
Hampshire, Staffordshire and London.

They would target the most disaffected young people where their
home environment is a factor in their offending behaviour and will
mean that young offenders can be supervised for 24 hours a day
“without being incarcerated 24 hours a day,” Blunkett said.

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