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COUNCIL LAUNCHES RESPECT TEAM

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A Respect Team has been set up by Harlow Council to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour in the town....
A Respect Team has been set up by Harlow Council to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour in the town.

Its aim is to introduce initiatives and undertake projects that support the Government's Respect Action Plan. The 6-person team will be based within the Council's Community Services department.

The main aim of the team is to promote respect for people, property and the environment and help make Harlow a cleaner, safer place in which to live. This is in line with the Council's and local people's priorities.

The team will work closely with schools and other organisations to promote good citizenship. Another key part of the team's work is supporting residents to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and supporting families who are experiencing difficulties.

Councillor Kevin Brooks, Joint Leader of the Council, says: 'Nationally there is a big emphasis from the Government, through its Respect Action Plan, on promoting respect as a way of stopping anti-social behaviour before it happens. As part of our budget we reprioritised some of our money to help fund a team to directly support this work. Harlow is probably one of the first Councils to create a dedicated team to work with and support local people and organisations in tackling the root causes of anti-social behaviour.'

Councillor Chris Millington, Joint Leader of the Council, says: 'Tackling anti-social behaviour isn't just about enforcement; it's also about looking at ways of preventing anti-social behaviour before it occurs. Some of this preventative work already takes place in Harlow but we need to do more.

'By creating this team we can build on that work putting more focus on removing the causes of anti-social behaviour.'

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The Respect team's full aims are:

* Work with schools and other organisations to promote good citizenship and positive activities for children and young people.

* Support residents in taking a stand against anti- social behaviour and help build safer, stronger communities.

* Provide support to families who are experiencing difficulties that could lead to eviction from their home or their child being excluded from school.

* Support residents to take action that will make our town a cleaner, safer place to live and work.

* Offer essential support to families where a person has an Acceptable Behaviour Contract or Anti Social Behaviour Order to try to ensure that the conditions are not breached.

* Work with landlords who have identified families who exhibit anti-social behaviour and support them in making positive changes to enhance the quality of life for all residents.

* Where appropriate, respond to requests from residents, colleagues, partner agencies and outside organisations to undertake projects that reflect the aims and objectives of the Government's Respect Action Plan.

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