CIH launches ASB logging tool
The Chartered Institute of Housing has launched the Community Harm Statement, a system of logging incidents of anti-social behaviour designed to help social landlords highlight the impact on communities.
The statement can be used by landlords to highlight the harmful impact of ASB on whole neighbourhoods when taking legal action. It also ensures evidence is presented to the court in a consistent manner.
Working in partnership with Kettering Council and the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group, alongside a steering group which included housing professionals and solicitors, the Community Harm Statement has been developed and piloted by 11 landlords over the last six months.
The tool is used in 21 cases that have gone through the courts over the last four months, and it has helped assess the impact of ASB on community and local resources.
Grainia Long, chief executive of CIH, said: ‘The Community Harm Statement is an industry leading document that will be useful for social landlords to adopt as part of their toolkit for tackling ASB.
‘It has been designed to help social landlords when they take legal action on ASB to present evidence to the court in a consistent manner, and in a way that properly captures the impact not only on individuals but also the wider community. As such it is an opportunity to give communities a stronger voice in the judicial process.’
Speaking at the official launch of the Community Harm Statement on Friday, Chris Grose, ASB advisor at the CIH, said: ‘The organisations piloting the Community Harm Statement have said that it has been a useful process. It’s a very practical way to get to the issues very quickly.’
Anne-Marie Loughran, housing manager for ASB at Kettering Council, said: ‘We’ve completed the Community Harm Statement to get a buy in from other agencies. It’s also good way to get our heads around the extent of the problem.’
The Community Harm Statement has been used in discussions with perpetrators of ASB to show them the impact their behaviour is having on others, she added.