London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Enfield London Borough of Enfield logo

A to Z of services

Three anti-social strikes and you're out

Published Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Enfield Council is planning to harness the power of furious parents as part of its ongoing war against anti-social behaviour.

From July, under the New Chance Scheme, the council's anti-social behaviour team will be writing to the parents of anyone under the age of 18 suspected of committing low level anti-social behaviour and telling them exactly what their children have been up to. They will also be warned that  continued bad behaviour may ultimately result in wide reaching legal action being taken against them.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "Many parents simply don't know that their children are misbehaving for a variety of reasons, chiefly because those committing the bad behaviour do it well away from where their mums and dads are at the time.

"This scheme aims to give the parents of children who are making other people's lives a misery a short, sharp shock and hammer home the consequences of their child 's actions. When we've told people about their sons or daughters' bad behaviour in the past they've been absolutely furious and the punishment they've meted out has been a brilliant deterrent from future naughtiness.

"We are absolutely committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in Enfield and making this borough even safer than it already is, everyone has a role to play in tackling poor behaviour and we think a combination of angry parents and incredibly sheepish children who are caught bang to rights is a great recipe for encouraging better behaviour amongst our young people.

"We want to work with parents to give them help and support them to find ways of improving their children's behaviour.  We very much want parents to engage with us and other services that can help them and their children change their ways and this scheme is a great way of making that happen".

The scheme is believed to be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and will support Enfield Council and its partners, including the Metropolitan Police's, efforts in tackling serious youth violence and gang related crime in Enfield by nipping poor behaviour in the bud, it will not be used to deal with serious criminal offences such as robbery, burglary or violent crime.

More articles in the news archive.