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Anti Social Behaviour

Asked what time the Prime Minister thought children should be home at, following his comments on GMTV that children should not stay out late, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said he thought that we all recognised that it was a matter for parents to exercise responsibility. That was precisely what the Prime Minster was getting at and precisely what the measures, already in place and envisaged, were aimed at.

Put to him that it was very vague, the PMOS said we already had parenting orders and contracts, which were real and meaningful. They could be applied to parents of children of any age. What we were now talking about was widening the organisations and agencies that could use orders and contracts, such as teachers and social housing bodies. The whole point of this was precisely to stop children before they could get into really serious trouble by taking action whenever things became apparent or part of a pattern. This was why we were tackling it. The same sort of sceptical response had greeted the introduction of ASBOs. We were now finding that as ASBOs were introduced up and down the country, particularly in action areas, they were having a real impact. The trend of anti-social behaviour and concern about anti-social behaviour in areas where there had been particular focus were going down, not up. That was a sign that authorities were using them and that communities were responding in a positive way.

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  1. It is amazing that the government still ask the question over parental skills within this country. The governing bodies have spent so long taking rights to chastise children away from parents and teachers.

    It was was Malcolm X that said "The chickens coming home to roost." People wonder why children are "Happy Slapping" people on the street and indeed, any other crimes commited by youngsters in this country. When a person kills another child, don’t ask why it happened, ask why it couldn’t be stopped.

    Comment by Jay Bowring — 20 Dec 2005 on 3:15 am | Link

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