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                                            Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
                                            Don’t accept the unacceptable

Yarlington Housing Group
       Lupin Way
       BA22 8WN

                                            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.

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