Case Study: Vulnerable Adult and ASB

Case Study: Vulnerable Adult and ASB by Gary Dewey, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator, Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Team

The subject presented with a learning disability, suffered long standing depression and was anxious about an ongoing dispute between himself and his neighbours (some 10 years), involving allegation and counter allegation between all parties concerned.

Allegations made to a variety of agencies included the subject –

  • Being verbally abusive/threatening towards his neighbours
  • Making offensive hand gestures towards his neighbours
  • Staring at his neighbours
  • Frightening the neighbours children
  • Threatening to cause damage to neighbours property
  • Counter allegations made by the subject against his neighbours included –
  • Being verbally abused by the teenage children of his neighbours
  • Threats of assault being levelled at him by his neighbours
  • Episodes of low level intimidation and harassment

The subject presented as an ASB perpetrator based on witness testimony and although an ASB perpetrator, agencies were aware of the potential for the subject being a victim of ‘hate crime’ based on concerns that his neighbours provoked him into shouting at them and then they would call the police.

The subject was known to a variety of agencies including the SCT and local NPT, who quickly recognised that he was in fact a vulnerable person and a victim of misunderstanding and some intolerance levelled at him by his neighbours, potentially connected with his learning disability and mental health issues.

The Approach:

In identifying the vulnerability of the perpetrator, agencies adopted an early intervention/prevention based approach to managing the situation between the perpetrator and his neighbours. The E-CINS platform provided the vehicle for a joined up multi-agency approach to the management of a complex and challenging Hate/ASB related case.

E-CINS played a vital role in enabling agencies to talk to each other and manage the many and complex issues surrounding this case and helped direct and facilitate –

  • Multi-agency Problem Solving Meeting
  • Management and dissemination of feedback from residents (including perpetrator) in relation to circulation of ASB Matrix – Response from perpetrator identified his counter allegations against his neighbours
  • ASB Risk Assessments
  • Consultation with Mediation Service
  • Engagement with Social Services and perpetrators GP (through his informed consent), in order to facilitate a MH assessment.
  • Identification of Advocate to represent/support subject initiated.
  • Referral of the perpetrator to MENCAP for on-going support.

The Result:

Post case conclusion, the E-CINS platform enables professionals to easily remain actively connected to ongoing developments and monitor –

  • Progress surrounding specialist learning support being provided to the subject
  • MENCAP support being provided to subject
  • Monitoring of any ASB reporting in order to identify any emerging issues and deal with them expediently.

Although the subject is identified as a perpetrator of ASB, his MH and learning disability issues coupled with the intolerance shown to him by his neighbours identified the subject as a victim / vulnerable individual. E-CINS enabled agencies to ensure that any harm associated risk factors/vulnerability factors were quickly identified.

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