Each individual case reported to Walsall council’s Anti Social Behaviour Unit will be logged and given a unique reference number and allocated to an anti social behaviour caseworker.
The caseworker will then investigate the case and issue the case to a level so as to prioritise the cases received. A case that has been allocated as low level at one time may be moved to a higher level as further information is gained.
Cases allocated to a higher level may move to a lower level if the behaviour ceases. Each case is judged on its own merit and is allocated to a level accordingly. A guide to the levels used is detailed below.
Level 1 low risk
A case that can be signposted to one other agency. A case where the Anti Social Behaviour Unit are unlikely to take any further action at this time. The case will be logged and may be valuable as evidence if the behaviour continues.
Level 2 low to medium risk
A case that can be signposted to one or more other agencies. A case where the Anti Social Behaviour Unit may take short term action or assist other agencies in dealing with the case. Warnings may be given at this level.
Level 3 medium to high risk
A case that requires the attention of the Anti Social Behaviour Unit as a matter of urgency. The Anti Social Behaviour Unit will co-ordinate a response that may involve a number of agencies. The case may require short or long term interventions. Warnings may be given at this level, and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts may be appropriate.
Level 4 high risk
A case that requires immediate action by the Anti Social Behaviour Unit. The unit will co-ordinate a multi agency approach. The case will require a number of interventions at various levels. At this stage, acceptable behaviour contracts may be appropriate for gathering anti social behaviour order proceedings.
Anti social behaviour action plan
Upon completion of the investigation an action plan will be formulated. An anti social behaviour caseworker will decide on the type of action most appropriate. Each case of anti social behaviour reported will be dealt with on its own merits. Typical action taken by a caseworker could include:
No further action/advice
In some circumstances, it may be appropriate the Anti Social behaviour Unit take no further action. This would be with low level cases of anti social behaviour. Giving advice may include suggestions on personal security, home CCTV systems or referring to a more relevant agency. All cases of anti social behaviour will be logged and the logs are useful as evidence should a low level issue persist.
The Walsall MBC Anti Social Behaviour Unit in conjunction with Walsall Mediation Services offer an independent and confidential service especially designed to support people who are experiencing problems with their neighbours.
The Anti Social Behaviour Unit provides support to witnesses who become involved in enforcement action, including any required court appearances. Support is tailored around individual circumstances. This is a service provided in any joint operations with any of the registered social landlords.
Written warnings can be given following an investigation of a case of anti social behaviour. Warnings can also be given based on information collected from the Police. Found to be quite effective in stopping repeat instances of anti social behaviour, they also provide useful evidence should the behaviour continue.
Acceptable behaviour contracts (ABC’s)
These are voluntary contracts that are entered into generally by persons between the ages of 11 and 17, with the consent of the person’s guardian. ABC’s set out exactly the type of behaviour that is expected of the person and that which should not be repeated. ABC’s can also encourage the person interacting with other agencies, (for example YISP or Drugs & Alcohol team). ABC’s can also be used for people outside of this age range
Anti social behaviour orders (ASBO’s)
These are civil orders and they are generally imposed for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5. Terms of an ASBO vary greatly as they are designed to tackle the anti social behaviour carried out by each individual. Breach of an anti social behaviour order is a criminal offence and may lead to imprisonment
Criminal anti social behaviour orders (CRASBO’s)
These orders are very similar to the ASBO, however are Police led and are usually served based on criminal convictions. Again the terms of these orders are specific to the individual and again a breach of this order can lead to imprisonment.