Anti-social behaviour including graffiti

Has your child been the victim of anti-social behaviour?

Depending on what behaviour is being experienced, this could be highly distressing for your child and for yourself. The most important thing for you to remember is that you should not take matters into your own hands:

  • you could make the situation worse for your child
  • the anti-social behaviour could increase
  • you could push your child away if they feel you are interfering

Supporting your child

The most important thing is that your child needs emotional support:

  • talk to them about it
  • listen
  • keep an open mind
  • make sure they feel supported
  • encourage them to write down what has happened to them and when
  • keep notes yourself - this will help to support your child's case

What can you do?

The best thing you can do is report it.

  • You could go to your nearest police station or speak to your local ChildLine Neighbourhoods Team. If it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger call 999.
  • For more information visit the ‘Reporting crime’ section on the Metropolitan Police website or the ‘How to contact us’ page on this site.
  • Also, your local authority might have an anti-social behaviour hotline. Check your local authority website for details.

Getting more help

For more information about anti-social behaviour visit our ‘Get the facts’ or ‘More help and advice’ pages. This includes links to websites such as ‘Victim Support’ and ‘Youth Justice Board’.

For other related topics, take a look at our sections on bullying and gangs and group violence.

Help for your child

Being the victim of anti-social behaviour can be traumatic for your child.

You might want to encourage them to speak to a professional in confidence on a free helpline like ChildLine or chat online to a CyberMentor. See across for details.

If the anti-social behaviour is directly affecting you, you should consider calling Victim Support.

Adult family members might want to call Victim Support.

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK, Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.

Victim Support
Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime right across England and Wales. Their services are free of charge and confidential. Call the support line on 0845 30 30 900.