Antisocial behaviour and children

Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) can be granted against children as well as adults. The courts have to take some extra things into account when deciding whether or not to grant an ASBO for a child.

What is an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO)?

An antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is an order, given out by a court, to stop a person from behaving in certain ways or doing certain things. You can find out more by reading the page on antisocial behaviour orders.

Can children by given ASBOs?

ASBOs can be granted against children aged 12 and over in the same way as they can be granted against adults. So if you, or your child, are aged 12 and over and are behaving antisocially, then applying for an ASBO is an option for your local council, depending on the circumstances.

What does the court need to consider before granting an ASBO against a child?

Where the court is deciding whether or not to grant an ASBO against a child aged 12-15, it must consider the advice of a Children's Hearing as to whether or not an ASBO is necessary to protect others from further antisocial behaviour of the child.

What if an ASBO is granted against my child or me?

Read the page what to do if an ASBO is granted against you to find out more. The information on this page applies to children as well.

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Last updated: 29 December 2014

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