Workers learn how to get tough on antisocial behaviour

Social care professionals and youth workers are being urged to “crack down” on antisocial behaviour at meetings across the country set up as part of the government’s respect action plan.

The first of five respect academies took place in Brighton on 9 June in a bid to give front-line staff the tools to confront antisocial behaviour and “enforce a culture of respect”.

Delegates had the chance to attend workshops on issues such as antisocial behaviour orders, providing support for parents that need it, and how to change the behaviour of the most challenging families.

“Respect academies are free events which will provide practical advice on how to deliver the respect action plan and drive up standards of behaviour, improve intensive interventions in the most antisocial families, expand parenting skills, and crack down on antisocial behaviour,” a Home Office spokesperson said.

The remaining events – aimed at people working in education, housing, police, regeneration, children and youth services, social services, community safety and youth offending teams – are taking place in Newcastle, Birmingham, Plymouth and Manchester throughout June. The head of the government’s Antisocial Behaviour Unit, Louise Casey, will be attending the events, as well as leading experts on parenting.

To reserve a free place at one of the academies, go to or phone 020 7261 8400.

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