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Anti-Social Behaviour Case Study

Below you will find a short case study of a young person and his family who have been supported through some difficult times. Through the work of a multi-agency partnership, including the excellent work of the Youth Inclusion Support Panel (YISP), the family can now see a more positive future for them all.

For confidentiality reasons, the identity of the young person involved has been changed.

As is explained within other web pages in this section, the Council has many tools to tackle anti social behaviour, including Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABCs).  Individuals are made the subject of these orders in order to reduce anti social behaviour and protect the community.  Sometimes individuals and families require special support from agencies to help them with their specific needs.

As a result of anti social behaviour, including threatening behaviour, committed by Kevin, a 9 year old living in Purbeck, officers from Dorset Police spoke to him in the presence of his parents.  Whilst doing so, it became clear that the family unit was breaking down and that they could benefit from specialised help.  Officers contacted the Anti Social Behaviour Officer at the Council and he made a referral to the YISP.

The YISP is a small team of people - from voluntary sector projects, community groups with funding from the Children's Fund, Council Services and the Youth Justice Board - who are committed to preventing children and young people aged 8 to 13 from committing anti social behaviour and promoting their positive inclusion in the local community.

Having been referred to YISP, workers provided Kevin and his family with a personalised support package, with partner agencies able to provide advice, support and guidance as required.  A programme devised to help Kevin with self-esteem and confidence issues was especially valuable. Through their continuing work with YISP, the family structure is becoming stronger and Kevin is able to look forward to a more positive future.

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