Community safety partners in Lincolnshire are sharing information and good practice, with the aim of reducing incidents of ASB and ensuring that a more consistent county-wide approach is in place for both victims and perpetrators.
The local context
Lincolnshire is a large county which includes seven district council areas. Lincolnshire County Council employs a full-time community safety strategy (CSS) coordinator, who supports the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership (SLP), the county’s community safety partnership, and coordinates county-wide activity around ASB. The district councils and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner all contribute funding for the management of ASB issues, part of which goes towards the cost of the co-ordinator post.
The SLP is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour as one of four priorities in its 2018-22 action plan, through measures including:
- Devising a process to identify ASB issues that are trending significantly upwards in specific areas of the county, and developing a mechanism for sharing good practice in tackling these issues.
- Exploring the opportunities for tackling ASB in partnership with environmental protection departments.
- Resolving ASB risk assessment conference attendance issues with mental health and social care agencies.
- Implementing a new case management system (E-CINS).
Lisa Duckworth said: “The JDP pilot has been an invaluable exercise to identify barriers and challenges experienced by district council ASB teams, police and registered housing providers in their response to ASB involving young people. By having the opportunity to explore these issues it has helped to improve knowledge and understanding of what is required, and the interventions and support available to ensure the best response.”
The principle underlying all of these work streams is that better information-sharing leads to more effective multi-agency working to prevent and deal with ASB. This also provides greater consistency in how incidents are dealt with, for both victims and perpetrators. Lisa Duckworth said:
We are lucky in Lincolnshire to have partners that want to work together and will compromise when that’s needed. There is a shared ambition to address the underlying causes and impacts of ASB, and a mutual respect for each agency’s role and remit within this.
- Before exploring a solution to an identified problem, ensure that all the agencies have a clear understanding of each other’s issues and concerns – never assume they are the same.
- Consider what can and can’t be done to resolve the problem in order to manage expectations from the offset.
- Set realistic timescales and extend them if necessary: taking the time to get it right will reduce the likelihood of failure.