Reid's Threats Risk Undermining Success of ABCs

November 14, 2006 4:43 PM

Commenting on John Reid's proposals for on-the-spot fines for parents whose children break voluntary Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, Jenny Willott MP, said:

"Surprise, surprise. Another day, another headline-grabbing speech from John Reid.

"All the evidence suggests that the success of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, first pioneered by the Liberal Democrats in London, is based on engaging not demonising young people and their families.

"ABCs are already enforced with sanctions, but by adding another layer of threats and penalties, John Reid seems ready once again to sacrifice what works for a one-off hit in the media."

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