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Anti-social behaviour

Acceptable behaviour contracts

An acceptable behaviour contract (ABC), also known as an acceptable behaviour agreement, is an intervention designed to engage the individual in recognising their behaviour and its negative effects on others, in order to stop the offending behaviour.

An ABC is a written agreement between an anti-social behaviour perpetrator and their local authority, Youth Inclusion Support Panel, landlord or the police.

ABCs are usually used for young people but can also be used for adults.

The ABC consists of a list of anti-social acts that the offender agrees not to continue and outlines the consequences if the contract is breached.

Contracts usually last for six months but can be renewed if both parties agree..

ABCs are not legally binding, but can be cited in court as evidence in ASBO applications or in eviction or possession proceedings.

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