ASB AWARENESS WEEK: How Skegness area family were helped after children made their lives a misery

Examples of how a Skegness area family who lives were made a misery by children have been given to highlight Lincolnshire Police's Anti Social Behaviour Week.'s

PCSO Nikki Whitwham was instrumental in dealing with the ongoing problem.

Within the family, there were members with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Their lives were already difficult because of these additional challenges. That they suffered ongoing ASB on top of this, often targeting them in their home, was totally unacceptable, says police.

Incidents included throwing of stones, eggs and batteries at their windows, knock and runs, taunting of the family and name calling, leaving the family feeling vulnerable and threatened.

PCSO Nikki Whitwham was instrumental in dealing with the ongoing problem. Being a consistent point of contact and dealing with all the incidents as soon as possible helped the family know they were supported.

Sgt Cherry Kelly explained the importance of that work: “Nikki has not only dealt with the incidents of ASB, she has worked in partnership with the housing officer, school and the GP.

"This resulted in tremendous support for a future managed move of the family, to be nearer their own family. All agencies involved continue to do all in our power to make this move possible which will ultimately help the family with their complex needs. The family now feel reassured that these agencies are here to help.”

Alongside ongoing work to support a move for the family, actions were taken to address the behaviour of those responsible. ASB warning letters were issued to numerous young people in the Skegness area and one child was placed on an anti-social behaviour contract (ABC) which imposes a curfew. PCSO Whitwham explained: “Each child involved in these incidents has been identified and spoken to in front of parents with the school being fully supportive. We have had very positive feedback from actions taken so far, with children for now staying away from the property. Some children have written letters of apology, with one attending with flowers and chocolates as a way of apology.”

Joined up visits and constant updating of E-Cins (a secure shared platform where all agencies can record information about the case) helped ensure the partnership approach was consistent and effective.

You can find out more about the partnership work here: Safer Lincolnshire Partnership website here.

For more information about types of ASB, and which agency can help, visit the website: reporting and advice section