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Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts were (a) made and (b) breached in each of the last five years. (157381)

Data on acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) are not collected by the Home Office as they are voluntary agreements and therefore not suitable for central data collection. However, surveys carried out by the Respect Task Force of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) indicated that over 25,000 ABCs have been made since October 2003. The Home Office recently issued updated and comprehensive guidance for practitioners on the use of ABCs.