Aynsley-Green questions use of Asbos

The children’s commissioner for England questioned the use of antisocial behaviour orders for some children today at the National Social Services Conference in Birmingham.

Al Aynsley-Green asked delegates whether Asbos were “always useful” and questioned if they were sometimes just a “sticking plaster” over deeper issues. 

He said that he had heard of a child with autism who received an Asbo and that this demonstrated a lack of understanding about their condition.  

Aynsley-Green added that children had told him that they needed somebody they could to turn to at a local level and that this was a challenge local authorities needed to meet.

He went on to highlight bullying as one of the main concerns children had raised with him and that many schools were in a “state of denial” about the problem.

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