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Issue: 1930

Dated: 01 Dec 2004

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Asbos: what future for our kids?

Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) were introduced by the Labour government in 1998. Initially around 200 orders were served every year. That figure has rapidly risen - some 2,600 Asbos were served in 2003.

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'There's nothing for these kids to do'

Lower Broughton in Salford is a community ripped apart by anti-social behaviour. Streets have been left devastated and derelict, community members dispersed. Rows of wrecked houses awaiting the demolition squad back onto a lumpy green wasteland. The place is a ruin.

Let's find positive solutions for young people

A group of youth workers have launched an open letter to home secretary David Blunkett calling for an alternative to Asbos.

‘Using anti-social behaviour laws on kids is a nasty political trick’

Liz Lovell, policy adviser at the Children’s Society charity


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