Dr Kevin Brown, a law lecturer at Queens University Belfast,
who has a special interest in the regulation and governance
of anti-social behaviour, suggests a code of ethics for ASB practitioners may be needed to encourage good practice and provide evidence to the public, funders and other agencies of the high levels of professionalism that currently exists.
Dr Brown, writing in “Resolution”, says practitioners are increasingly reliant on outside agencies with whom they must build relationships which are becoming an important role of ASB practitioners as they could well have to bid for some services that are becoming more and more essential. Additionally, he says, larger providers are likely to seek delegated powers from local authorities and being able to demonstrate professionalism will assist in gaining their trust and support.
From his research Dr Brown suggests that much highly skilled work is embedded within the ASB professional culture and he believes a code of ethics would be a way of further promoting this culture and demonstrating these values to others.
Note: Kevin was a panel member on the Question Time session at the SLCNG (now Resolve ASB) annual conference in November 2014 and ran a workshop promoting professional practice.