What causes anti-social behaviour and what can we do to help?


What causes anti-social behaviour and what can we do to help?

Anti-Social behaviour – nature or nurture?

We recently wrote about how we had awarded two organisation £50,000 each to help with early intervention services and with the news focussing more and more on anti-social behaviour, we wanted to look at what the causes are and how the third sector can help.

Anti-social behaviour has a negative impact on social value and by working to prevent it we can create a positive social impact is created and the benefit can be felt by the local people and wider society.   

What causes anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour has been described as ‘a pattern of behaviour that is verbally or physically harmful to other people, animals, or property, including behaviour that severely violates social expectations for a particular environment’.

Anti-social behaviour can stem from a variety of factors such as:

  • poor education
  • worklessness
  • ill health
  • poverty and child development
  • family problems

How can anti-social behaviour be prevented?

CAN believe that the best way to reduce anti-social behaviour is by providing early intervention services. Early Intervention services can help measure anti-social behaviour and effectively teach children and young adults the positive behaviours that should be adopted which they will carry into adulthood and provide a positive social impact on their local society. In addition to this, by addressing potential challenges at an earlier stage it gives charities the chance to prevent them becoming serious issues that could become a strain on society.



Are you a charity or social enterprise that delivers early intervention services? CAN, in partnership with UBS provide a dedicated fund to help grow positive social impact in London Boroughs struck by high levels of deprivation. Find out if your organisation could be eligible. 

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