Posted on Wednesday 30th November 2011
On 9 November 2011, IASS academics Kathryn Farrow and Nathan Hughes presented at the National Anti-Social Behaviour Seminar held at the headquarters of West Mercia Police in Worcestershire.
West Mercia Police (along with 5 other police areas) have been trialling a new approach to supporting victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Telford area as part of a Home Office initiative to improve the speed and quality of response to incidents of ASB. Earlier in the Autumn, Kathryn and Nathan held an 'information exchange' event in Wellington, Shropshire with practitioners involved in the trial scheme (from West Mercia Police, Wrekin Housing Trust and Telford and Wrekin Council), to elicit their views of what was working well and what issues were proving challenging. Kathryn and Nathan gave a brief summary of the practitioners' views for the ASB seminar and these have been captured in more depth in a report from the Home Office. The atmosphere at the seminar was receptive and dynamic, with people having travelled from all parts of the country to engage in debate about how best to collaborate across agencies with the clear purpose of tackling ASB which causes misery to victims and blights local communities.
Further information on the initiative can be found on the Home Office website.