Is it time for a new dialogue on antisocial behaviour?

*Hosted and sponsored by the Scottish Community Safety Network and part of the Firestarter Festival 2020:

Venue: New Register House, 3 W Register St, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
Time: 2pm until 4pm
Date: Monday 3rd February 2020
Cost: FREE

Do you have a view on Antisocial behaviour?  Be it conventional; challenging; creative; supportive; whatever – we want to hear it.

Antisocial behaviour can be an issue that affects communities across Scotland and the subject of complaints to local elected members and MSPs. We know through our networks that preventing and resolving antisocial behaviour is a core focus for community safety practitioners and safer communities partnerships.

Antisocial Behaviour (or ASB) can mean anything from noise and neighbour disputes to vehicles being driven antisocially, to environmental issues such as littering and fly-tipping and graffiti. In Scotland we have the Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 and the 2009 guidance ‘Promoting Positive Outcomes: Working together to prevent ASB in Scotland’ to help prevent and resolve ASB.

We know from discussions with our partners that a spotlight on this policy issue would be welcome, and we are keen to have a different dialogue about antisocial behaviour.

We have some questions:
Q.  Why do we still talk about antisocial behaviours when Scotland has an empowering, trauma informed, asset-based approach to policy?
Q.  What does good look like in preventing and resolving ASB?
Q.  How do we move the discourse to using more positive language about behaviour and have strengths-based conversations?
Q. Do we understand the determinants or underlying issues that can generate antisocial behaviour; and are there different ‘levers’ we can pull to drive change?

We think that the 2020 Firestarter Festival “What Kind of Scotland are we seeking to build?” is a great vehicle for this conversation, and embodies the creative, disruptive and innovative approaches we want to include in this dialogue.

Please note this venue is accessible via ramped entrance. There is no parking available, and the nearest car park would be the Omnicentre Q-Park.

This event is open to all and we are expecting a lot of interest. If you’d like to attend, please register via Eventbrite here: