Anti-social behaviour experts put RESPECT at top of the conference agenda

Published: 6 August 2006 at 13:11

Angia Ruskin University, in collaboration with the Government Office for the East of England (Go-East), is holding a one day conference on 14 September for both practitioners and academics involved in the area of anti-social behaviour (ASB). Many issues will be debated during the event which will cover ASB policies and the government’s guiding Respect agenda.

The aim of the conference, to be staged at the University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford, is to develop innovative, realistic policy implementation by drawing on the differing perspectives of policy makers and leading academics who are working in this field. Among the topics to be explored are ASB and young people, housing and ASB, involving communities in neighbourhood management and debates over the extent of state involvement in parenting.

The conference will be opened by Alastair Roberts of Go-East and concluded by Stephen Moore, Reader in Social Policy at Anglia Ruskin University. Speakers will include Sarah Kincaid, Head of Policy for the Respect task force; Bill Pitt, Head of the Manchester Nuisance Strategy Group; Peter Jackson of the Social Landlord Crime and Nuisance Group; Judy Nixon from Sheffield Hallam University, who has written extensively on housing and neighbourhood nuisance; Peter Squires of Brighton University and author of Rougher Justice: anti-social behaviour and young people; and Stuart Waiton, author of Scared of the Kids?: curfews, crime and the regulation of young people and Director of the youth organization Generation X.

Speaking of the need for such collaborative events, Stephen Moore of Anglia Ruskin University’s Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) said:

“We are undoubtedly making progress with the policies and practices now in place to prevent anti-social behaviour but it is an area that needs the combined expertise of academics contributors and ASB professionals. We have come a long way in terms of working practices. Professionals are working efficiently with other agencies but there is still more that we can do to make an impact in this important area to break the cycle of undesirable behaviours in our communities.”

“At Anglia Ruskin we are reshaping and redefining the higher education provision on offer in the East of England to meet the needs of students, employers and local communities.”

Anti-social behaviour includes a range of problems – noisy neighbours, abandoned cars, vandalism, graffiti, litter and youth nuisance. It can hold back the regeneration of the most disadvantaged areas, creating an environment in which crime can take hold.

Go-East has worked with the Home Office, Together East and Anglia Ruskin University to develop a Post Graduate Certificate and Undergraduate Diploma in the Management of Anti-Social Behaviour which is helping to raise the profile of ASB to professional status.

Courses available at the University include the Undergraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Anti-Social Behaviour and these courses provide the opportunity for individuals to move onto two new MA Social Policy study programmes. Current students include police officers, anti-social behaviour co-ordinators, housing officers, race equality workers, community workers and community safety managers.

The courses are also relevant to employees of the fire service, health workers (particularly mental health workers), youth workers, youth offending service professionals, social workers and those employed in education.

The entry requirements are flexible enabling students with work-based experience, rather than degrees or other qualifications, to gain either the Undergraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

For more details call Anglia Ruskin University’s contact centre on 0845 271 3333. The fee for the conference is £60.