This week has marked ASB Awareness Week with the government launching two new initiatives aimed at improving community safety.

The Home Office has launched new set of Anti-Social Behaviour Principles, aimed at encouraging more people to report ASB, improving partnership working between different agencies and protecting victims.

The Principles make it clear that victims should be encouraged to report ASB and can expect to be taken seriously when they do. They also call for much clearer pathways for reporting incidents, and ensure perpetrators have an opportunity to repair the harm they cause.

The guidelines are being backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, National Fire Chiefs’ Council, Local Government Association, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the Office of the Victims Commissioner, Historic England, along with community safety groups Resolve and ASB Help.

Over at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes has announced a new panel of experts to advise social housing landlords on the best approach for dealing with anti-social behaviour from tenants who suffer from mental health issues, or drug and alcohol dependency.

The panel will bring together organisations from across the sector to identify how landlords and local support services work together and provide early intervention for vulnerable perpetrators – helping to reduce the 1.5 million incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded and cut reoffending.

Latest polling from YouGov shows that more than half of people (56%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57%) said that they did not report it to anyone.

Many landlords are leading the way in their communities by encouraging partnership approaches to dealing with ASB.

If you, or your organisation, would like to showcase the work you are doing around community safety and ASB please contact Bobbie Hough on [email protected] and we will be happy to share your best practice with the rest of the network.