More than seven out of 10 people who work with children and young people think it is right to consider the use of antisocial behaviour orders for under-18s, new research by 0-19 reveals.
Results of a 0-19.co.uk survey of some 200 staff from across the sector reveal that only 28% think Asbos are never appropriate for children and young people. By comparison, four out 10 think the majority of Asbos serve a useful purpose.
Although almost half are happy for Asbos to be considered for children aged 14 and under, more than 60 per cent of respondents think the two-year minimum period for Asbos for children and young people should be reduced to six months or less.
However, more than a quarter believe the two-year minimum period for an Asbo should remain – despite calls from youth offending team managers to the contrary.
Two-thirds of respondents delivered a damning verdict on current policy and legislation, accusing it of increasing the demonisation of young people in today’s society.