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Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the breach rate of acceptable behaviour contracts issued to persons under 18 years of age in the latest period for which figures are available. (195646)

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) are voluntary agreements and therefore not suitable for central data collection. A National Audit Office (NAO) report published in December 2006 found ABCs to be highly effective, particularly when agencies provided support to improve the recipient’s chances of meeting the conditions.