We can use a variety of enforcement methods to help reduce antisocial behaviour.


A warning is used as an early intervention to set out clear standards of behaviour. It lets the individual know that we are monitoring their behaviour and what further action can take place if their behaviour continues.

Acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs)

An ABC is a written contract made between an individual, us and Humberside Police. The ABC sets out clear boundaries to help change the behaviour of individuals.

Parenting contracts

A parenting contract can set out what parents and local agencies (such as the Youth Justice Service) do to improve the behaviour of a child or children. The contract is a voluntary agreement made between the parents and local agencies. The contracts can be used alongside other enforcements.

Parenting orders

Parenting orders are made in a criminal court, family court or magistrates’ court  when there has been a problem with an under 16-year-old’s behaviour. An order can be made when a youth offender panel refers a parent back to court for failing to attend panel meetings.

These orders place requirements on the parent or guardian and can include -

  • attending a guidance or counselling programme
  • making sure their child attends school

If the parent or guardian does not comply with the order the court can impose a fine up to £1,000 or any sentence available for a non-imprisonable offence.