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TCM mediators welcome new report on civility - 'Charm Offensive'
It brings together what is known about civility from a range of disciplines and the findings of new empirical research undertaken in very different areas. It argues that civility is the largely invisible ‘glue' that holds communities together and that experiences of incivility cause hurt,stress and deeper social problems, and has a bigger impact of people's sense of social health than crime statistics.
Perhaps most significantly it shows that civility operates on a reciprocal basis and that it is‘contagious'. Yet people, while quick to see incivility in others, seem far less aware of how their own behaviour can offend. While the report suggests changes in emphasis in national and local policy, including a better balance between punitive measures and those which actively encourage civility, it concludes that we are all best placed to spread civility through being aware of how we conduct our daily lives.
Download report here