What we are doing to help reduce anti-social behaviour
In Warwickshire, the lead agencies for Anti-Social Behaviour are the District and Borough Councils. Each District and Borough have multi agency meetings monthly, to work together to support victims of ASB and to target the perpetrators. Agencies include the Police, County Council, Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) and the third sector support services.
The Home Office Anti-Social Behaviour Strategic Board in October 2022 developed a set of principles which seek to describe a consistent approach to understanding and addressing Anti-Social behaviour (ASB) in local communities. The principles are not intended to fetter local decision making but rather to act as a guide in seeking to deliver the best possible outcomes for victims of ASB.
All 5 District and Boroughs have signed up to these principles:
- Reporting, make it easier, offer support (harm centred approach)
- Process – investigation, what we will/will not do, keep victims informed continuously updated
- Partnership – work together across boundaries, collaborate and share info. Make sure communities and individuals know their rights (only 2% surveyed knew about the Community Trigger) – encourage use of – use an independent chair.
- ASB should always be a priority – shared and communicated with residents. Development and sharing of best practice e.g., target hardening, interventions.
- Accountability – perpetrators should be challenged about ASB and use the tools and powers. But recognise adverse childhood experiences ACE’s and achieve longer term behaviour change (i.e., use CBO’s/Injunction positive requirement).