‘Name and shame’ guidance slammed

    Home secretary Charles Clarke has come under fire over guidance
    announced this week urging local authorities to “name and shame”
    individuals issued with antisocial behaviour orders.

    The Association of Directors of Social Services and charities
    criticised the proposals, warning they would put children at
    risk.
    Chair of the ADSS children and families committee John Coughlan
    said there was “no evidence” to show that “naming and shaming”
    acted as a deterrent to criminal behaviour.

    He added:” We are very concerned about the potential risks this
    will pose to children who are vulnerable and out of control. Local
    authorities need to ensure there are proper safeguards for the
    needs of these children.”

    The new guidance states that “publicising should be the norm not
    the exception”.

    Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform
    called the guidance “a cheap piece of electioneering”.

    In an evidence session on antisocial behaviour to the Home Affairs
    select committee last week, Youth Justice Board chair Rod Morgan
    said: “We are extremely worried about any proposition that there be
    a presumption in favour of loss of anonymity and publication.”

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