What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-Social behaviour means different things to different people. It has a negative impact upon lives, and is never victimless. Anti-Social behaviour is defined as behaviour(s) "that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator." (Crime and Disorder Act 1998).
This could be:
Person to person anti-social behaviour - behaviour which is aimed at a person or groups such as threats, harassment, criminal damage, assault, serious verbal abuse, or hoax calls.
Environmental anti-social behaviour - behaviour that affects the local environment such as dogs fouling, graffiti, rubbish fires, abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, littering or fly tipping.
Public space anti-social behaviour - behaviour that stops people using shared spaces such as intimidating behaviour by groups, soliciting and kerb crawling, drug abuse, vehicle nuisance, or animal problems.
These examples are not exhaustive but aim to help people in recognising anti-social behaviour.
Anti-social behaviour interventions
Anti-social behaviour hurts everybody involved. We believe it must be stopped early, before too much damage has been done. Because of that, we rely on early interventions, including police visits and warning letters, as these can nip many problems in the bud.
Police have the many tools at their disposal, including:
Warning letters and interviews, contracts and agreements.
Fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder.
Individual support orders.
Noise abatement notices.
Anti-social behaviour orders.
Crack house closure orders and premises closure orders.
Arrest and jail sentence.
What does the Anti-Social Behaviour Youth Diversion worker do?
Tewkesbury Borough Council employs an Anti-Social Behaviour Youth Diversion worker whose aim is to reduce and prevent the involvement of young people aged 11-19 offending or anti-social behaviour. This is achieved by working with other agencies to ensure young people have better access to services and appropriate support.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Youth Diversion worker acts in partnership with other agencies such as the Police, Schools, Social Services, Housing, Health, Youth Offending Service, Connexions, and Youth Service to provide support for young people and their families.
Who can access the service?
Any Young Person between the ages of 11 and 19 who lives in the Tewkesbury Borough area and who meets the criteria listed below.
What are the criteria?
The behaviour of the young person is of concern to two or more of the partner agencies and/or their parents/carers, and they consider that it requires a multi-agency response.
The young person and parent/carer must be willing to take part, give consent for the referral and the young person is willing to cooperate with an intervention plan.
The young person is exposed to four or more risk factors.
There is known offending behaviour up to and including a final warning, or anti-social behaviour, or concern over potential involvement in criminal or anti-social behaviour.