Asbos applied for too long, says board

    The Youth Justice Board has raised concern over the “excessive”
    length of time for which antisocial behaviour orders are imposed on
    children as young as 13.

    Research by the YJB submitted to MPs on the home affairs committee
    this week shows that Asbos ranged from the minimum 24 months to 10
    years. The board questioned whether it was effective for orders on
    young people to be “so far in excess of the minimum length…
    considering how much a young person’s circumstances and maturity
    can change within that period”.

    Giving evidence to the same committee, the Association of Directors
    of Social Services argued that parenting orders for people whose
    children had Asbos should be scrapped, saying help should be
    offered to families instead.

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