Established in 2004 as part of the Government's drive to tackle Antisocial Behaviour Conflict Resolution Services comprise of the Community Relations Unit, Registered Social Landlord Service and the Mediation Service.
GCSS recognise that antisocial behaviour can take many forms and can impact on the lives of both individuals and whole communities. In response to this we have developed a multi skilled team who have developed a range of specialist skills to help us deal with personal relationships, neighbour disputes, persistent offenders and youth disorder.
The main focus of the team has been to resolve antisocial behaviour by advocating appropriate support measures and early intervention. The GCSS approach & ethos of early intervention is fully in line with best practice outlined in the Scottish Government and CoSLAs jointly published Antisocial Behaviour Framework (2009)11.
Community Relations Officers will investigate your complaint by interviewing complainers and witnesses, gathering statements, obtain information from other agencies and may even use surveillance in order assess the most appropriate means of resolving the complaint.
If formal action is required officers will issue warnings, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, Unacceptable Behaviour Notices and ultimately prepare the case for court action to obtain Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs). ASBOs are court orders which if breached are arrestable and carry penalties of up to 6 months in prison and/or maximum fines of £5,000 on summary conviction.
In the year 2010/2011 several prison terms (including one for 6 months) resulted from breaches of ASBOs within Glasgow. An ASBO and associated formal action can also put any social or private tenancy at risk.
Conflict Resolution Services brings Mediation Officers and Community Relations Officers together in an integrated process where Mediation Officers with support and early intervention skills deal with initial and low level antisocial behaviour complaints resulting in a mediative approach being implemented at the earliest stage. This enables an increased "sustainable" resolution rate for antisocial behaviour complaints without the need to resort to escalated enforcement and court action.
In the last year the core service dealt with 699 cases and 958 enquiries.The Conflict Resolution Service Registered Social Landlords (RSL) team deliver the antisocial behaviour service to 27 Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) across Glasgow.
The team receive referrals of serious antisocial behaviour from client RSLs. This specialist service delivers additional investigatory support and escalation to this sector thereby enabling a joined up and robust response to all antisocial behaviour.
The team assisting client RSLs have investigated a further 282 cases and 217 enquires in the last year.
In the past year focused enforcement has resulted in 5 Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and 1 ASBO granted on conviction (CrASBO) in a domestic abuse situation. The service was the first in Scotland to obtain CrASBO for both racial and domestic abuse cases.
The CRU team is an integral component in the GCSS Offender Management process and has engaged with a wide range of young people to raise awareness of the impact on the community and possible implications of continuing antisocial behaviour. This has resulted in 5962 warning letters for first-time offenders and 1527 visits for second-time offenders.
In 2010/11 the unit issued 282 Antisocial Behaviour Enforcement Measures to those engaging in more persistent antisocial behaviour.