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Anti-Social Behaviour Measures

A number of measures to address anti-social behaviour by children were introduced in March 2007. They offer an alternative way of dealing with a child who acts in an anti-social way, other than going through the criminal process. The anti-social measures for children are different to those designed for adults.

The key features for children are:

  • A series of stages before an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) can be sought, including a warning, a good behaviour contract and referral to the Garda Diversion Programme.
  • Involvement by parents is required, particularly in the case of a good behaviour contract.
  • An application for an order can only be made by a Garda (police officer) at a rank not below that of superintendent.
  • The safeguards of the Children Act 2001 will apply.


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