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Legal Guide on Criminal Behaviour Orders and updated Home Office statutory guidance on Anti-social behaviour powers

Criminal Behaviour Order, YJLC Legal Guide, February 2021 and HO Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: Anti-social behaviour powers Statutory guidance for frontline professionals

This is the fourth in YJLC’s series of legal guides on key youth justice topics and was produced in collaboration with the Children’s Rights Group at Doughty Street Chambers. The legal guide references the latest revised version of the Home Office (HO) statutory guidance on anti-social behaviour powers (revised in January 2021).


This legal guide will assist criminal practitioners representing children who are subject to an application for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). CBO’s can have serious and wide ranging implications for children. This guide takes you through the key stages in a CBO application from the notice of intention to apply for a CBO to appeals and breaches.

This legal guide also refers to the latest HO statutory guidance on anti-social behaviour powers which has been further revised to reflect the Sentencing Code, which is a result of the Sentencing Act 2020 and to clarify the availability of the powers in the ABCPA 2014 in certain circumstances.


The aim of this guide is to provide a practical tool that lawyers can use in order to fight for better outcomes for children.