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Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Mentally Ill

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he plans to take to monitor the application of the updated guidance from his Department on antisocial behaviour orders in relation to perpetrators of antisocial behaviour suspected of suffering from mental health problems; (124483)

(2) how many recent notifications he has received of antisocial behaviour orders imposed on children and young people with (a) mental health problems and (b) other special needs;

(3) how many assessments have taken place since August 2006 of perpetrators of antisocial behaviour who are suffering from mental health conditions.

[holding answer 1 March 2007]: The decision to grant an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) rests with the courts, and the agencies that apply for such orders are themselves public bodies that are subject to the disability equality duty. The Home Office's “guide to antisocial behaviour orders” reminds agencies of their duties and provides a context for their observation, but it is not intended to serve as a substitute for existing monitoring arrangements. The Home Office therefore does not collect data on the health or other needs status of people issued ASBOs by the courts.