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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to (a) local authorities and (b) the police about how and in what circumstances antisocial behaviour orders are issued to children under 18 years. (72281)

There is a range of sources of guidance for local authorities and the police on issuing antisocial behaviour orders to children and young people. The Home Office's comprehensive “Guidance on ASBOs” issued jointly with the Youth Justice Board and the Association of Chief Police Officers is currently being updated and will be issued shortly. In addition joint guidance issued by the Home Office, Youth Justice Board and the Association of Chief Police Officers, issued in March 2005, provides youth offending teams with advice on their role in preventing and reducing antisocial behaviour. Practitioners can also access information provided by the Together campaign in the form of a website, an extensive range of leaflets and a telephone action line offering advice on all aspects of antisocial behaviour.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each local authority area in the County of Durham since 2001, broken down by age. (72460)

The available information is in the following table.

Number of ASBOs, as reported to the Home Office, by all courts and where restrictions are imposed within local authority areas in Durham, by age at date of decision, 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2005

Age groups

Area

10 to 17

18+

Total

Durham

38

41

79

Chester-le-Street DC

1

5

6

Darlington BC

4

5

9

Derwentside DC

6

11

17

Durham CC

9

9

18

Easington DC

8

4

12

Sedgefield BC

5

4

9

Teesdale DC

1

0

1

Wear Valley DC

4

3

7