Should we be concerned? (THREAD) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-470644…
But is this sensible?
The devil is in the detail and there may be significant human rights issues as the orders are available for children and, as BBC report, include social media bans
First, why do we need them? What exactly do they add to civil injunctions (formerly ASBOs) which allow for a wide range of prohibitions and have criminal consequences if breached. Available from 10 years old
So much easier to hit a suspect with one of these than a criminal charge
As I said, easier than a charge.
As with any issues around children, there must be sufficient safeguards put in place to make sure their welfare is properly considered by courts. By developing yet another strand it adds confusion and complication to a delicate area
"using the internet to facilitate or encourage crime involving bladed articles"
How will judges (not the most internet-savvy) interpret?
There are obvious instances e.g. using WhatsApp to plan a knife attack...
Is that facilitating or encouraging crime involving bladed articles?
What about sharing a video by a famous Grime artist whose subject matter is knives?
There are significant free speech and right to privacy issues here
For 2 years.
How will that affect the private and family lives of children?
e.g. they may use it to contact their gang mates but also their sister who lives elsewhere and is a positive influence. Or a gamer group which gives positive reinforcement.
Anyway, I'm sure others have other concerns, but those are the ones which pop into my mind. Replies welcome.