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Asbos mean failure, says minister
Ed Balls
Mr Balls says he wants parents to take their responsibilities seriously
Children's Secretary Ed Balls has said he wants to end the era of anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) saying every one that is issued is a "failure".

In an interview with The Daily Mirror, Mr Balls said Asbos were "necessary" but they were "not right".

It comes a day after the government launched a 10-year strategy to rebuild trust between children and adults.

Plans include a national "Youth Week" and "coming of age" ceremonies to mark the transition into adulthood.


The document, Aiming High for Young People, warns widespread fear of young hooligans on the street is undermining communities.

It says it will "empower" young people by giving them the opportunity to influence how councils spend millions of pounds on youth centres and recreational activities.

In October the government will unveil its Children's Plan, which will bring together policies on health, education and behaviour.

Mr Balls said it would be the first time that all issues which affected children aged up to 19 would be brought together in one department, stating the priority was to put children "at the centre" of government thinking.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, he said: "I want to live in the kind of society that puts Asbos behind us.

"It is about parents taking their responsibilities seriously.

"It's a failure every time a young person gets an Asbo. It's necessary - but it's not right.

"It is about kids having interesting things to do and it is about young people having respect for the society in which they live."

Another priority was to curb the risks posed to youngsters using the internet, Mr Balls said.

He added that he wanted parents to warn their children to stop giving out their personal details online.

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