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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 19th January 2012

 

Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Anti Social Behaviour DVD

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To apprise members of the production and use of a DVD resource targeting perpetrators of anti-social behaviour.

Recommendations

1.             THAT the report be noted.

2.             THAT a progress report be submitted on the development and impact that the DVD has in relation to reducing anti social behaviour.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To raise Scrutiny member awareness of the new DVD.

2.             To ensure the Committee fulfils its crime and disorder obligations in monitoring progress made by the Safer Vale Partnership.

Background

2.             The Safer Vale Partnership was established in 1999 in response to the requirements of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Act requires all ‘responsible authorities’ and their partners to work together to address crime and disorder.  The ‘responsible authorities’ within the Vale of Glamorgan are the Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Police Authority, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board and Wales Probation Trust.  The Partnership also includes the Vale Centre for Voluntary Service as a key agency in recognition of their vital contribution to reducing crime and disorder.

3.             Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is defined as ‘acting in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to one or more persons not of the same household’.  Reducing ASB is a statutory responsibility for the Partnership.  It is also a key local priority within the Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011 – 2021 evidenced through crime analysis and community consultation.

 

4.             The Safer Vale Partnership has a dedicated multi-agency unit for ASB, to ensure that victims and witnesses of ASB are adequately supported.  The unit also co-ordinates those agencies that can support perpetrators of ASB to minimise the risk of such behaviour escalating to more serious offending behaviour. 

5.             The unit uses a four-stage process for all its ASB incidents to allow sufficient opportunity for agencies to work with perpetrators to reduce the likelihood of repeat occurrences.  The first stage is a letter sent to the parent or guardian of the perpetrator; if the behaviour continues a stage 3 & 4 interview is held with the perpetrator and their parent and guardian in attendance.

6.             Overall ASB has decreased by 14.7% within the Vale of Glamorgan. The Partnership continually seeks out new approaches and collaborations with other agencies to reduce repeat occurrences by providing better support to perpetrators.

7.             In November 2010 the Community Safety Sergeant for the Vale of Glamorgan put forward a proposal for a DVD resource to use within the second stage the Partnership’s four-stage process.

8.             The proposed resource would present personal accounts from ex ASB perpetrators on how their behaviour impacted on their future careers and personal lives.

9.             This idea was explored by the Partnership and it was agreed to commission production of the DVD in collaboration with Safer Bridgend and Vibe Experience Ltd.

10.        Existing partnership funding was allocated to complete this project.

Relevant Issues and Options

11.        The Partnership recognised the importance of using local young people in the production of this resource to fully engage with current perpetrators.  A number of ex ASB perpetrators from Barry and Bridgend agreed to take part in the production.

12.        The DVD was completed and launched in April 2011.  The DVD was first used at stage 2 appointments from the 11th May 2011.

13.        The DVD has been shown at 106 stage-2 interviews between the period 11th May – 30th September.  Only 6 perpetrators out of 106 have continued in their anti-social behaviour since the DVD has been included as part of the interview process. 

14.        Those young people attending appointments and viewing the DVD have reported a greater appreciation of the consequences of their actions.

15.        A significant outcome from the DVD has been the reaction of parents and guardians, who, having watched the resource, now realise the impact that anti-social behaviour has on their local community.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment, and Climate Change if appropriate)

16.        The production was funded from external partnership grants together with contributions from South Wales Police.   

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

17.        The initiative is in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Crime and Disorder Implications

18.        ASB is a key priority within the Community Strategy 2011 – 2020.  The use of this resource within the Partnership’s four-stage process will contribute to the reduction of ASB in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

19.        This would meet the Vale of Glamorgan's Equal Opportunity Policy by eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of all residents of the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Corporate/Service Objectives

20.        To ensure that strategic objectives for ASB are met by the Partnership.

Policy Framework and Budget

21.        This report is for consideration only.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

22.        Councillor Paul Church (Cabinet Member)

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23.        Housing and Public Protection 

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs / Safer Vale Manager / Community Safety

Officers Consulted

Safer Vale Partnership co-ordinators and strategic partners.

Responsible Officer:

Peter H Evans -

Director of Legal, Public Protection & Housing Services

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