Experts join forces in fight for respect

A CONFERENCE being held next week will set out the stall for boosting respect in Ipswich, the town's top anti-social behaviour officer has revealed.

A CONFERENCE being held next week will set out the stall for boosting respect in Ipswich, the town's top anti-social behaviour officer has revealed.

The Respect Taskforce from The Home Office will be holding an action day for professionals at Ipswich Town Football Club on Wednesday to look at ways to better tackle anti-social behaviour.

The event will include presentations from some of the leading experts in the country and is linked to Ipswich being named as one of 40 “respect zones” in the UK.

Andy Solomon, Ipswich's anti-social behaviour network manager, said: “This is the first opportunity we have had to put the respect message out to a collective audience.


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“I think the conference will make it easier to implement the ideas behind respect and hopefully be a vehicle in which the message of 'give respect, get respect' can be carried.

“It is a good opportunity to learn from leading experts in the country the different mechanisms and ways in which anti-social behaviour can be dealt with.”

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Among agencies attending the Ipswich Borough Council organised event are Suffolk police, housing providers, education representatives, social services and youth offending teams.

As part of Ipswich's status as a Respect Action Area the town is getting £30,000 extra funding to tackle yobbish and unruly behaviour.

The cash will provide for, among other things, parenting classes, meetings between police and the public and “intervention projects”, to tackle so-called “neighbours from hell”.

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