In the Media

Naming and shaming is a con

PUBLISHED February 28, 2006

"Naming and shaming" is one of those naffly clever slogans adopted as part of the government's plan to beat crime, antisocial behaviour and disrespect... But what has happened is that many local authorities, police and courts have named and shamed too enthusiastically, and often inappropriately, leading to condemnation of the practice by two of England's most qualified experts - the chairman of the Youth Justice Board and the children's commissioner.