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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps may be taken by the relevant authorities in respect of the parents of young people who breach their anti-social behaviour orders. (294427)

Breach of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is a criminal offence. Currently whenever a child is in court convicted of a criminal offence, the court must consider making a parenting order where the court's assessment is that this is in the interests of preventing a repetition of antisocial behaviour by the child.

We are proposing to bring in legislation to make a parenting order mandatory when a child (aged 10 to 15) breaches an ASBO. In tandem with this we are also proposing that children being considered for an ASBO receive a parenting needs assessment.