Anti social behaviour is an issue that affects residents of all ages and is one of our priority areas of action.
We receive reports of anti-social behaviour from partner agencies including all departments of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Schools, The Police, The Health Service and Housing Associations.
At the moment we are unable to take referrals from members of the public and therefore you should report incidents of anti-social behaviour to one of partner organisations. (local PCSO, Dial 101 in non-emergency, 999 in an emergency, Local authority department e.g. environmental health)
Therefore when we receive complaints that a person is responsible for anti-social behaviour we adopt a four stage process to deal with it.
1. In the first instance a letter is sent to the perpetrator or their parent /guardian outlining the conduct complained of and pointing out that it is unacceptable.
Some 85% of the people who are referred to the Partnership and who receive these letters are not complained of again.
2. If there is a second referral within 6 months a final warning letter is sent.
3. If there is a third referral a Stage 2 warning letter is sent and a partnership visit to the persons home. This visit could be undertaken by a Police Officer, The partnership co-ordinator, a housing officer, a member of the youth offending team, an educational welfare officer or a combination of these as appropriate.
At this stage a formal warning about the behaviour is given and also the partners are able to explore if any underlying causes are contributing to behaviour. The person responsible is offered support to help them stop the behaviour complained of.
The case is listed for a multi-agency anti-social behaviour management group meetings where efforts are made to find solutions to the problems being caused. Solutions could include signing an Acceptable Behaviour Contract or victim mediation work. Every effort is made to prevent further incidents of anti-social behaviour.
4. In those cases where incidents of anti-social behaviour continue and the efforts by the problem solving group are unsuccessful consideration is given to court action. This could mean an application for a Criminal Behaviour Order or proceedings in a civil court for evictions or other action against problem tenants.
This process is flexible and at any stage we may add in additional individual or family support from relevant agencies, which is designed to remedy and reduce the problem behaviour. We may also decide to skip some stages of the process, if we feel a more urgent or serious response is required.
The below links provide useful information and guidance
South Wales Community Trigger
Home Office Anti Social Behaviour Guidance
Community Safety Team
Tel: 01443 425777
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