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Dealing with anti-social behaviour

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An explanation to parents of the five step process which the Police use to deter young people from engaging in anti social and/or criminal behaviour.

If an incident occurs involving a youth found in possession of alcohol and/or a youth who is reasonably suspected of being involved in anti-social behaviour an officer will complete a form which is used to enable the details to be put on a database and this activates:

Stage one

1st LETTER SENT TO PARENTS
The letter explains that when groups of youths congregate in an area it can adversely affect the quality of life for local residents. It goes on to explain that their child has been spoken to by police and describes the incident that has occurred. It also contains details of a website that provides information on a range of activities that are available for young people.

IF WITHIN THREE MONTHS ANOTHER INCIDENT OCCURS INVOLVING THE SAME YOUNG PERSON IT WILL ACTIVATE:-

Stage two

2nd LETTER SENT TO PARENTS
This letter explains that police have now spoken twice to their child and, like the first letter, describes the incident they have been involved in. It also advises the parents that their child’s behaviour is being recorded and explains how the Prevent & Deter process works (see Stage Four).
HOME VISIT
If the second incident is sufficiently serious (eg involves being in a group in possession of alcohol) a Police Officer and/or Police Community Support Officer will also carry out a home visit to speak to the young person in their parents’ presence about their behaviour.

IF WITHIN A FURTHER THREEE MONTHS ANOTHER INCIDENT OCCURS INVOLVING THE SAME YOUNG PERSON IT WILL ACTIVATE:-

Stage three

HOME VISIT and 3rd LETTER
A Police Officer and/or Police Community Support Officer will carry out a home visit to hand deliver the third letter and to interview the young person in their parents’ presence. The young person will be told that their behaviour is unacceptable and that it is attracting greater police attention. The parents will be informed that the details of the visit will be discussed and a decision made on what action is to be taken.
Once the decision has been made the parent will be contacted again and consulted for their views.
IF A REFERRAL TO THE PREVENT & DETER PANEL IS MADE IT WILL ACTIVATE STAGE FOUR

Stage four

PREVENT AND DETER
Prevent and Deter is a monthly meeting of a multi agency group which among others includes the Police, Youth Offending Service, Connexions, Straightline, Educational Welfare and Social Services. The agencies involved discuss the anti-social behaviour of the young person and agree an action plan which will contain possible diversions and may also suggest that an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is offered.
An ABC is a voluntary agreement which contains conditions that the young person agrees to abide by in an effort to modify their behaviour. An ABC lasts for six months and is monitored with review meetings taking place at least every two months. Breaches of an ABC are not criminal offences but they could provide evidence in support of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) application.
IF THE YOUNG PERSON CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR THE PREVENT & DETER PANEL MAY DECIDE THAT THE ACTION PLAN HAS FAILED AND THAT A REFERRAL TO THE INTERVENTION PANEL IS NECESSARY. THIS WILL ACTIVATE STAGE FIVE:-

Stage five

INTERVENTION PANEL
The Intervention Panel is a multi agency group that meets monthly to discuss the anti social and/or criminal behaviour of known offenders. If a young person reaches this stage it is clear that all avenues have been exhausted. If it is not possible to identify any other diversions the Intervention Panel may decide to seek an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). If the Court grants an ASBO it will place conditions on the young person which will restrict their behaviour and prevent them acting in an anti-social manner. ASBOs last for a minimum of two years but can last for life. Anyone who breaches an ASBO can be arrested.

If you would like any further information regarding this process please contact:

Police Sergeant Richard Farnworth,
Community Safety, The Minto Centre, Nilsson Drive, Westfield,
Workington, CA14 5BD
Tel: 0845 33 00 247
Email:richard.farnworth@cumbria.police.uk

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