Yarlington Housing Association signs up for community justice

Related Stories

Housing association tenants accused of anti-social behaviour will be invited to discuss the impact of their actions at a community justice panel.

The panels encourage those causing harm to acknowledge what they have done and involve local people deciding how they should make amends.

Yarlington Housing Association has made the year-long agreement with Somerset's Community Justice Panel.

Somerset set up its first community justice panel in 2004.

Behaviour contract

Typical offences dealt with include criminal damage, assault and race-related crimes.

Volunteers, who are called facilitators, are trained to oversee meetings between victims and offenders.

Both parties are invited to bring along a supporter, typically a friend or family member.

Offenders must have admitted their offence before they are referred to the scheme by the housing association.

At the end of a meeting the offender must sign an acceptable behaviour contract which contains any agreements around reparation such as paying back a monetary amount or doing community work.

"This process enables our communities to be directly involved in resolving the problems affecting them and endorses our commitment to tackle anti-social behaviour," said Nick Fry, Assistant Director of Housing and Customer Services at Yarlington.

Yarlington Housing Association has 9,000 properties across South Somerset and neighbouring districts.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Somerset



26 °C 16 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Dr Mahinder Watsa Dr Sex

    The wisecracking 90-year-old whose advice column is a cult hit

  • Payton McKinnonKilling heat

    Why so many American children die in hot cars

  • Vice-President Joe Biden.President Biden?

    Struggling in the shadow of a potential Hillary Clinton campaign

  • USA fanSoccer punch

    Has the US finally fallen in love with the beautiful game? BBC Sport

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Kyoto.Falling for Kyoto

    Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes an enchanting first stroll through the city


  • (File photo) Usain BoltClick Watch

    Challenging the world's fastest man to a virtual race over 40m – can you keep up?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.