Positive Approaches to Anti-Social Behaviour

A 10-Point Plan for Change

The Positive Approaches group was established in 2005 and brought together a number of organisations concerned about the imbalance in public policy on anti-social behaviour. posapproach.jpgThe group was concerned at the over-emphasis on enforcement solutions at the expense of investment in preventive and early intervention initiatives.

The Positive Approaches group included:

  • Mediation UK
  • The Local Government Information Unit
  • Runnymede Trust
  • The National Community Safety Network
  • Revolving Doors
  • Thames Valley Partnership
  • NAPO — the trade union and professional asssociation for Family Court and Probation staff

This Parliamentary Briefing Paper argued that the lack of clarity, common assessment tools and independent research had contributed to an over-emphasis on enforcement solutions and an uncoordinated pattern of responses so that there was effectively a postcode lottery in responses, which affects both perpetrators and victims unhelpfully.

Positive Approaches Final Report – download

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