On 11 January 2011, the Housing Minister announced that the CIH would take over the ownership of the Respect Standard. The aim is to produce an ASB Standard that reflects the aims and objectives of Housing Providers in this area.
The Consultation Survey is open for comments until the 3rd May 2011 and now is a good time to add some suggestions because the overall objective of the CIH is to have a finalised Respect Standard ready for June 2011. How likely this deadline is is open to a little debate... especially with the plethora of Bank Holidays, but at least these will give a little opportunity for Housing Officers to consider what they would like to see in the Respect Standard with the hindsight of the annual Bank Holiday seasonal BBQ ASB.
To summarise, however, the CIH has focussed on 7 areas:
- Leadership and strategic commitment
- Accessible and accountable services
- Early intervention and prevention
- Supportive approach to working with victims and witnesses
- Community protection through swift action
- Value for money
- Encouraging individual and community responsibility
The Draft Respect Standard Consultation paper is worth a look. Many of the aims are already standard for some Housing Providers, others will require a fair bit of investment and training and therefore it is important that the draft is not rushed through without adequate consideration to meet the June 2011 deadline.
That could be where your comments and input come in.
Interestingly the paper focuses on strong community partnerships and a working relationship between the Housing Providers, Police, Court Services and Local Authorities, so perhaps CIH may benefit from input on information sharing and fees for obtaining information from certain authorities which can hamper swift ASB action.
Full details of the Draft Respect Consultation paper is available at http://www.cih.org/policy/display/vpathDCR//templatedata/cih/policy/data/ASBBack to Blog