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Juvenile Day Treatment Centers – Strategies and Effective Practices

The crime and disorder reduction partnership lies at the heart of the Government’s approach to the reduction of both crime and anti-social behaviour (much of which is of course criminal in nature). All crime and disorder reduction partnerships have been strongly recommended to appoint an anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, and over 90% of them have now done so. All partnerships, too, are required to draw up strategies for the reduction of anti-social behaviour in their areas, and the anti-social behaviour co-ordinators are in the best position to ensure that those strategies genuinely reflect the needs of the community served by the partnerships. Anti-social behaviour has a wide legal definition – to paraphrase the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, it is behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people who are not in the same household as the perpetrator. Among the forms it can take are: • graffiti – which can on its own make even the tidiest urban spaces look squalid • abusive and intimidating language, too often directed at minorities • excessive noise, particularly late at night • fouling the street with litter • drunken behaviour in the streets, and the mess it creates • dealing drugs, with all the problems to which it gives rise. All these are issues which concern everyone in the community. They cannot be written off as generational issues – they impact on the quality of life of young and old alike. And they require a response which puts partnership into action.