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Last Updated: Tuesday January 14 2003 16:20 GMT

Anti-social behaviour orders

Police dealing with a drunk young person (library)
These are special sets of rules given to someone whose behaviour is causing problems.

The rules will say things like who you may meet and where you are allowed to go. They often ban you from the areas where you have caused trouble.

Breaking the rules is an offence for which you can be arrested.

Kids and teenagers who receive anti-social behaviour orders can have their names made public. Normally courts and the police may not name young offenders.

People who keep stealing, getting drunk, acting violently or vandalising property can receive anti-social behaviour orders.

The orders are mostly given to teenagers but are only used when other things have not worked.

It often works like this:

1.When a young person's behaviour is causing problems the first people involved are normally schools, social services and youth offending teams.

2.If the problem continues an acceptable behaviour contract may be used. This is signed by the young person, their parents and the police. Breaking the contract is not an offence.

3.Finally, an anti-social behaviour order may be used. This is a set of rules that the young person must follow.

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