The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) has held a long interest in anti-social behaviour (ASB). It’s something our members have been telling us they want us to support a change in.

Given all that we know about trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), is it leads us to wonder why we refer to behaviour as “anti-social” when more often than not, we’re really discussing distressed behaviour. We want to change the narrative, promoting things like pro-social behaviour; early intervention and preventative work; and active citizenship.

Ultimately, we believe victims will experience less anti-social behaviour a changed approach to ASB, making our communities safer places.

Today, we welcome the publication of our co-authored report – written in partnership with the Scottish Government – and the announcement of an independent working group, set up to review ASB in-depth.

Our staff team have been talking to lots of you already, and hopefully we’ll be able to continue the conversation as we look to new approaches to ASB, try to better understand what’s really happening to our communities and why, and what we can do to prevent it.

You can download the full report here.