Young people and anti-social behaviour

YOUNG people are being asked for their views about anti-social behaviour on the borough’s housing estates.

Cllr Deniz Oguzkanli, Chair of Hackney’s Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission, is currently co-chairing a review into this matter, along with Cllr Harvey Odze, Chairman of the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission.

Hackney Youth Parliament members are attending youth clubs to encourage young people to participate, as well as asking how these issues might be best reported to the authorities.

There is also a brief online survey available to complete, and results of the research will be considered by the Scrutiny Commissions - who will then make recommendations to Hackney’s executive Cabinet on how anti-social behaviour can better be tackled.

Cllr Oguzkanli said: “It is vital that we understand how young people are affected by anti-social behaviour, and what stops them from reporting issues, so that we can suggest ways of improving how these difficult matters are addressed by the police, Council, Hackney Homes, and housing associations.”

Cllr Odze said: "This review will look at a wide range of ways that organisations can work better together, and this survey will help us understand what young people need. Our early evidence suggests that very little anti-social behaviour is actually committed by young people, but they can often suffer from its consequences."

The survey can be found at with a deadline of Friday 20 November.

Scrutiny Commissions are made up of councillors from all political parties who investigate issues of local concern. Reviews are evidence-based and non-political.

The Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission considers issues relating to the environment, sustainability, housing, and culture.

The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission considers issues including crime and safety, community development, social inclusion, the voluntary sector and lifelong learning.