Who can help and local solutions

Greater Manchester Probation Service together with Registered Social
Landlords & Local Authority Housing Departments in Manchester have
developed a protocol to ensure that information about risk is provided to

agencies where it is in the interests of the public to do so. The aims are
to: enable the allocation of appropriate housing to offenders &
ex-offenders; enable housing authorities & RSLs to safeguard the
interests of current & future tenants & protecting housing staff;
& enable housing authorities & RSLs to safeguard the interests of
offenders & ex-offenders applying for housing to those who are
accepted as homeless. [more]

Oldham Metropolitan BC Housing Dept., as part of its strategy
to combat anti-social behaviour reviewed its tenancy agreement in Feb.
1998. [more]

Islington Crime Reduction Partnership�s Acceptable Behaviour
Contracts (ABCs) & Parental Control Agreements (PCAs)

These contracts were created as a way of tackling anti-social behaviour
on estates and on the streets. They aim to stop threatening behaviour
& harassment, racist behaviour, graffiti, criminal damage, vandalism
and sub-criminal behaviour, which adversely affect the quality of life of
residents. An ABC is an individual written agreement by a youth with the
local housing office & local police not to carry on with certain
identifiable acts, which could be construed as anti-social behaviour. It
has been designed for 10-18 year olds, although it is flexible and can be
used occasionally where appropriate on over 18s if they are still live at
home in a Council, rented or privately owned property with their parent(s)/guardian(s).

If the child were under 10, the parent(s)/guardian(s) would sign up to
a Parental Control Agreement. This is the same as an ABC except that the
parent(s)/guardian(s) take full responsibility for their child�s

These contracts are not legally binding, but they can be cited in a
Civil Court for an application for an Eviction Order or at a Magistrates
Court in support of an ASBO. The contracts usually last 6 months, although
they can be renewed.

Contact: John Hourihan

Tel: 0207 527 3273

E:Mail: [email protected]


The Monsall Future Partnership is made up of the Council and
three housing associations. It has produced a joint estate agreement,
which is a common set of standards & targets for service delivery to
tenants & residents of all the partner landlords. [more]

Manchester Housing Dept. established a specialist team in
1995 to address anti-social behaviour on housing estates. [more]

Westminster Support Service – Thames Reach provides a support
& resettlement package for both new tenants who are likely to have
difficulties sustaining their tenancies & tenants at risk of eviction
because of their anti-social behaviour. [more]

Nottingham City Council is developing a multi-disciplinary
approach to providing integrated support for families & individuals
who suffers a combination of problems & whose behaviour is causing
concern. [more]

Dundee Families Project � set up in 1996 to tackle problems
of anti-social behaviour in families & the wider community. The
project is run by NCH in partnership with Dundee City Council, offering a range of services to families who
have either been excluded from mainstream housing, or who are placing
their tenancies at risk because of anti-social behaviour [more]

Leicester Tenants Federation have launched a Witness Support Scheme
called Leicester Witness Cocoon
: Denise Taylor
Tel: 01162553162
Email: [email protected]

Joseph Rowntree Foundation has commissioned Sheffield Hallum
University to produce an information pack for practitioners & residents
to assist in tackling anti-social behaviour
. The pack is designed to address
the needs of practitioners & residents for greater operational information
on developing strategies to deal with neighbour nuisance. The pack will provide
information to front-line officers responsible for day to day management of
cases, solicitors & legal advisers, tenants & residents, RSLs, &
Housing Committees.

Information will be provided on: recording & monitoring individual
complaints & orgnaisational policy; training & access to specialist
support; investigations & witness support measures; taking effective legal
action; dealing with displacement. The pack is due to be piloted in January

Contact: Judy Nixon
Tel: 0114 225 4268
Email: [email protected]

Waltham Forest Witness Mobility Scheme Protocol � aims to
protect & support vulnerable and/or intimidated witnesses giving evidence
for partner agencies in criminal & civil actions against perpetrators of
crime, violence & disorder. The Protocol is a fast-track mobility scheme
designed to facilitate the permanent and/or temporary re-location of
vulnerable/intimidated witnesses. The partners are Registered Social Landlords,
the Metropolitan Police Service and the Local Authority. The Scheme is a pilot
project supported by the Home Office and the Local Government Association. It is
being rolled-out, prior to a national scheme being established.
Chris Speed
Pager Number: 07654 323759

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