Tenant information ABC’s Acceptable Behaviour Contracts Don’t accept the unacceptable Yarlington Housing Group Lupin Way Yeovil Somerset BA22 8WN email@example.com www.yhg.co.uk TIABC/0409/SSD An initiative to reduce anti-social behaviour in Somerset Who are they aimed at, how ABC’s are sending a clear message to long do they last and what people. You are responsible for your own lives and your own futures. The choices happens afterwards? you make directly affect your life. • ABC’s usually apply to 10-18 year olds, but may also be used for adults. Contact Numbers: • An ABC can be reviewed at any time. Yarlington Housing Group: 01935 404500 • If the ABC is breached follow up Avon and Somerset Police: 0845 456 7000 action is carried out by the Police or Community Safety: 01935 462462 Registered Social Landlord. In some West Country Crimestoppers: 0800 555111 cases this may result in an Anti- Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) being applied for through the Courts. Court injunctions and repossession of homes can also be obtained. So what are ABC’s and how do they work? • Yarlington Housing Group is already doing a lot in dealing with anti-social An Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is a voluntary written agreement behaviour. Since 2004 we negotiated between a person who has been involved in anti-social behaviour, the parent/ 132 ABC’s with young people and their guardian and one or more local agencies whose role it is to prevent such families where anti-social behaviour behaviour (e.g. Police and Registered Social Landlord). was occurring. Under the terms of the contracts these people undertake to Once a person has been identified as a If a contract is agreed, it is signed by the behave in an acceptable way and they cause of, or contributing to, anti-social individual responsible for the problems have been successful in 90% of cases. behaviour, the person or their family is together with the police, their parents/ contacted where appropriate to come guardians where appropriate and any other into the Company offices to discuss the agencies involved. complaints with a view to signing an ABC. The ABC’s are monitored closely by all the It is an opportunity to involve the person agencies. The contract specifies a list of and his/her family in a discussion about anti-social acts in which the person has the complaint and the impact on others. It been involved and which they agree not to can be used as part of an early intervention continue. By signing the ABC the individual to stop the bad behaviour and to warn the is showing that they understand what family of possible repercussion should the types of behaviour are unacceptable. The behaviour continue. In addition, it is an contract also makes it clear what action opportunity to provide positive solutions will be taken against the individual and/or to address serious issues such as family family if the agreement is broken. problems, which may be identified during the course of the meeting.