Guidance to empower NHS organisations to deal more decisively with anti-social behaviour was launched at the end of March. This new guidance has been developed by NHS Protect in collaboration with the Home Office and the police.
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) – Guidance for the NHS adds reinforcement to the existing provisions to keep NHS premises safe (including existing powers under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act). Under CSAS, Police Chief Officers can delegate limited powers to accredited persons within NHS organisations to help tackle anti-social behaviour in partnership with the police.
NHS chief executives, executive boards and senior security managers have been asked to support this new CSAS guidance as an important strategy to help address anti-social behaviour. CSAS is locally driven and NHS organisations will need to ask their local police force if they can enter a partnership either under an existing local area scheme or by setting up a new one.
For NHS organisations, the potential benefits of accreditation under CSAS include:
- CSAS-accredited staff empowered to deal decisively with anti-social behaviour
- reduction in the incidence of abusive or anti-social behaviour
- better relationships between NHS organisations and local police
- greater intelligence sharing on security-related matters
- reassurance for the local communities
- deterrence of crime
Comment from the ReACT Team
Given that the responsibilities of NHS Protect includes violence, harassment, abuse and anti-social behaviour, ReACT can help their staff with the recording and monitoring of incidents in the same way that it assists social housing landlords to manage their ASB efficiently and in a cost effective manner.