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I Didn't Think!

Key Fact

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is any behaviour that you think is wrong, upsets someone or is against the law.

PC Davis’s Advice

Top Tips


  • Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable.
  • Have fun with your friends but always think about how your behaviour affects others.
  • Make your own choices, don’t give in to peer pressure.
  • Respect other people in the community.
  • Respect your environment.
  • Avoid getting into trouble with the law. Anti-social behaviour is a crime.

Things to Make You Think!


My friend says her cousin has a Civil Injunction. What is that all about?


PC Jones says:

Only some young people get a Civil Injunction. We give young people who are anti-social verbal warnings.

If it continues, warning letters are sent to parents.

Then, if your behaviour does not improve, the police will meet with you and your parents and draw up an ABC (Anti-social Behaviour Contract).

If you still fail to improve you will then be given a Civil Injunction.

If you break the rules of a Civil Injunction you can go to jail.

You might also have heard of ASBOs, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, which were similar to Civil Injunctions.


Your school police officer will help you learn

  • about anti-social behaviour,
  • that actions have consequences,
  • that we can make positive choices, and
  • who to go to for help.

What is a Civil Injunction?

A Civil Injunction is an order given by the Courts to someone who continues anti-social behaviour after promising to stop.

Anyone over 10 can be given a Civil Injunction by the Courts. It is a very serious thing and will last for at least two years.

If you have a Civil Injunction there are rules about what you can and can’t do.

Question and Answer

Question: What types of behaviour are anti-social?
Answer: It can be being rowdy, hanging around street corners in big groups, bobby knocking (ringing doorbells as a prank), playing football in the street, graffiti, littering or any behaviour which is upsetting to others.
Question: What is peer pressure?
Answer: Peer pressure is when "friends" persuade you to do something. It can be positive or negative.
Question: What should I do if I see someone being anti-social?
Answer: Tell an adult or report it to the police straight away. Don’t try to deal with it on your own.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

Calls are free from most mobiles and landlines.

Your call will not show up on the bill.

If you need to report a crime, call CrimeStoppers on

0800 555 111

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.