Last updated 21/03/2012
Respect: ASB Charter for Housing
The Respect Standard is an Anti Social Behavior (ASB) Charter for housing. It was introduced by the government in 2006. The Respect Standard played an important role in improving performance in both preventing and effectively tackling anti-social behavior.
Social landlords (e.g. Housing Associations or Councils) including ourselves, sign up to the standard voluntarily. Once signed up, they commit to using the standard as a way of assessing and improving services that deal with anti social behavior.
In 2011, the standard was revised and updated by representatives of the housing sector, who now manage and maintain the standard in place of the government.
There is strong leadership, corporate commitment and accountability about preventing and tackling ASB. This is embedded throughout our business and across key partners.
1.1 Our values, aims and objectives are reinforced by our approach to ASB and this approach is subject to ongoing ratification, assessment and review by both us and our tenants.
1.2 Tackling ASB is a core strategic and operational business activity and we will ensure that we commit sufficient capacity and resources to tackle ASB effectively.
1.3 We provide relevant training, capacity-building and support across all levels of the organisation (including staff, tenants, the governing body and relevant partners) that supports the delivery of a targeted action/service improvement plan for ASB.
1.4 We clearly communicate to all tenants that ASB will not be tolerated. Our staff and contractors are supported to identify and report incidents where they have been subject to or have observed ASB.
1.5 We proactively engage with relevant partners to support a joined-up approach to tackling the root causes of ASB and promoting positive behaviours.
1.6 We have performance management frameworks in place to report, monitor and review ASB performance. These include challenging performance targets and are also reflected in service plans at a team and individual level. Our ASB targets are subject to regular review and demonstrate year-on-year improvement.
1.7 Information on our performance against ASB targets is readily available and shared across the organisation to drive continuous improvement. It is regularly reported to our senior management, our governing body, partner agencies and our tenants.
All our tenants can easily report ASB and access the service. Tenants are provided with useful and timely information and are actively encouraged to influence how we deliver the service.
2.1 All of our tenants can easily access our ASB services.
2.2 We collect information which helps us to understand local demographics and the overall profile of our tenants. We use this information to tailor how the service is delivered to individuals and to demonstrate equality in service provision.
2.3 We provide clear information which sets out what the service is, how it is delivered and how it can be tailored to meet local needs. All information about our services can be made available in a variety of formats, and translated into relevant community languages on request.
2.4 There is a range of ways for our tenants, including marginalised groups, to be involved in shaping the service. We do this routinely and systematically to support continued service improvements.
2.5 We publicise what we and our partners have done to tackle ASB in our communities - both our enforcement activity and the activities we do to prevent ASB occurring. Our approach balances the need to protect communities and build confidence that ASB will not be tolerated.
2.6 We take seriously all complaints about the services we provide. This is demonstrated in our overall approach to handling complaints which are regularly monitored against targets and contribute to the process of continual learning.
2.7 We regularly assess satisfaction with the ASB services and gather feedback on what we could do to improve them. We publicise survey results and customer feedback to our tenants.
2.8 We have mechanisms in place to allow our tenants to assess how we are performing. We provide our tenants with regular, robust and appropriate information in a format which has been agreed with them. Tenants are encouraged and empowered to hold us to account about the delivery and performance of our ASB services.
We take prompt, appropriate and decisive action to deal with ASB before it escalates. In doing so, we adopt a problem-solving approach and have regard to the full range of tools and legal powers available.
3.1 Our staff are fully aware of the range of tools and powers available to them and our partner organisations, and know how to use them appropriately in accordance with our published policies and procedures.
3.2 We apply consistent and robust processes for managing ASB cases.
3.3 The actions that we take to tackle ASB are carefully considered and are proportionate to the effects of the behaviour on individuals, communities and the environment.
3.4 We have a proactive approach to gathering evidence and utilise a variety of available sources (i.e. multi-agency, non-housing management staff and contractors) to support action to tackle ASB.
3.5 We have strong working relationships locally and strategic links with partners (including local authority, police, and court services); we use these to investigate and tackle ASB.
3.6 We act swiftly when a perpetrator fails to engage with support provision and their behaviour does not improve.
3.7 We close cases appropriately, in a timely manner and, where possible, in consultation with the complainant.
Our approach to case working demonstrates a strong focus on identifying and minimising risk.
4.1 Our management of ASB cases demonstrates a clear focus on protecting people from harm and on supporting victims and witnesses.
4.2 We have appropriate measures in place to identify and respond to both the risk to and vulnerability of victims and witnesses, including repeat victimisation.
4.3 Our staff are aware of and know how to access the support that is available to assess the needs of victims and witnesses on a case-by-case basis, particularly where victims and witnesses are vulnerable.
4.4 We agree action plans with complainants, update them regularly on the progress of their case and inform them directly of all key developments.
4.5 We ensure that individuals attending court are supported and we liaise with the courts where necessary to minimise any distress and any associated risks.
We work with community groups and partners to promote tolerance and responsibility amongst our tenants and the wider community.
5.1 We can provide evidence of our work with tenants, tenant groups and leaders, and partner organisations to promote tolerance, balancing individuals‟ liberties with their impact on others and the community (e.g. good neighbourhood agreements, tenants engaging in mediation, and restorative justice schemes).
5.2 We encourage and facilitate community involvement among tenants, including how individuals can support other members of their community to help us and our partners tackle ASB issues.
5.3 We take steps to find out about and effectively meet our tenants‟ expectations of our ASB service.
5.4 Where appropriate and safe, we encourage „self-help‟ options to resolve more minor nuisance issues (e.g. encouraging complainants to talk to perpetrators, seeking to resolve the issue amicably and without recourse to the landlord).
The preventative measures we use are tailored towards the needs of our tenants and their families.We also provide, whether directly or via our partners, effective support to enable perpetrators to change their behaviour.
6.1 Our policies for allocations and lettings contribute to preventing ASB and nuisance, and promoting neighbourhood sustainability.
6.2 Our tenancy agreements set out clearly what we mean by ASB, the standards of behaviour we expect of all tenants and the sanctions that we may apply to those who behave in an anti-social manner. We reinforce these key messages at tenancy sign-up and set them out in publicity that is available to our tenants.
6.3 We proactively engage with partners to address the causes of ASB and to reduce the opportunities for it (e.g. through the appropriate provision of services such as warden patrols, CCTV and/or other measures).
6.4 We work with our tenants and with partner agencies to identify ASB „hotspots‟ and use the information to target resources.
6.5 We use a range of early intervention techniques to prevent ASB from escalating.
6.6 We proactively engage with our tenants and with partner agencies to provide diversionary activities (e.g. facilities for young people) and to evaluate their impact.
6.7 Our staff are able to access services to provide support to vulnerable individuals.
We can demonstrate a strong focus in securing efficiency and effectiveness by balancing cost and quality.
7.1 Value for money is understood and embedded in our work; it is part of our performance management framework, determines resource allocation and is widely communicated to staff who are encouraged to identify value for money opportunities. Resources are used effectively and efficiently.
7.2 We understand the cost of the ASB service, including elements such as staffing costs, responding to ASB incidents (e.g. criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping) and of making use of various ASB tools.
7.3 We know how we are performing in delivering our ASB service, and how satisfied service users are. Costs, performance and satisfaction are benchmarked against comparative providers and demonstrate value for money.
7.4 There is an evidence-based approach to budget-setting and this is linked to the annual service improvement plan.
7.5 We know whether we are getting value for money for procured services (e.g. mediation, support services, professional witness services) and we have, where appropriate, undertaken joint procurement and considered shared services.
7.6 Through tenant scrutiny arrangements, tenants are provided with appropriate information on comparative service costs, performance and satisfaction, enabling evidence-based value for money judgements to be made. Consultation on changes to the service includes a cost-benefit analysis, so tenants can make informed value for money choices.
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