How we tackle ASB

How we tackle ASB?

The Community Safety Team works in partnership with:

  • Thames Valley Police
  • Sovereign Vale Housing Association
  • Soha
  • the Council's Housing Service and Environmental Health Department
  • Schools
  • The Youth Service
  • Oxfordshire Drugs and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT)
  •  Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • NHS Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Parish and Town Councils.

Here are some of the ways the council, police and other partners work together to reduce antisocial behaviour.

Change to the area

In some cases, we will consider if we can make changes to the area where antisocial behaviour is taking place.  For example, Benson parish council reported damage at their premises regularly and people living nearby were complaining about noisy vehicles late at night.

Positive Activities

The council, police, youth services and other organisations work together to set up  activities to encourage groups of young people away from taking part in antisocial activities.

Restorative Justice

The team may arrange for sessions where the victim and the person who has damaged their property or upset them through antisocial behaviour, are brought together to discuss the effects of the behaviour.


Mediation is another way of bringing together both sets of people. In this case, an expert worker talks to both sets of people involved in the case and helps them to agree about their future behaviour. Housing associations often use this solution in neighbour disputes.

Warning Letters

The ASB team deals with early reports of antisocial behaviour by issuing a warning letter to the person responsible for the behaviour. If the offender is under eighteen, we will send their parents a letter, too.  We do this when police officers or PCSOs, have reported young people to us because they are under the legal age for drinking alcohol and have had their alcohol taken away.

Anti Social Behaviour Contracts

An ABC is an informal agreement between a person responsible for antisocial behaviour (offender) and the ASB team or Police and other organisations, for example a housing association. We ask the offender to sign a contract agreeing that they will not take part in antisocial behaviour for six months.

If the offender goes back to their antisocial behaviour, we invite them to another interview to find out why they have broken our agreement.  They will have been warned that breaking their ABC could be used as evidence for legal action such as an injunction, restraining order or, as a last resort, an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO).

What are ASBO’s?

An antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is the last stage of the process to tackle antisocial behaviour after all other measures have failed to stop the behaviour.  An ASBO is valid for a minimum of two years. Police will arrest offenders if they break the conditions of an ASBO. They could be sent to prison for up to five years.

Parental Contracts

Where young people have taken part in antisocial behaviour, we could ask their parents to sign up to a parental contract. That means they agree to certain actions and conditions that will give them some helpful guidelines for their child's behaviour.

For more information about anti-social behaviour, including the different ways in which you can report it, please view or download our leaflet from the right of the page. For details about how your report of anti-social behaviour should be dealt please see the Minimum standards of response document, which is available from the right of the page.

Last reviewed: 10 - 11 - 2011

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