Agenda and minutes

Community Safety Partnership
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 10:00 am

Venue: Meeting held virtually

Contact: Jade Hodgson, Community Safety Policy Officer 

Items
Note No. Item

2 minutes

1.

Introductions and Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Stephen Clayman, CSP chair opened the second virtual Community Safety Partnership (CSP) board meeting and introductions and apologies were made.

 

2 minutes

2.

Declaration of Interests

Members of the Board are asked to declare any personal or prejudicial interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest to note

5 minutes

3.

Minutes and Actions pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

The minutes from June CSP board were reviewed and confirmed as correct with the additional of Nathan Singleton to be added to attendance at the previous board. Actions from previous meetings were discussed and closed where relevant.

 

ACTION: Add Nathan Singleton to attendance at June board (COMPLETED).

 

10 minutes

4.

LGBT Needs Assessment pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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Minutes:

Mark Tyson provided an update on the LGBT+ Needs Assessment Action Plan one year after it was agreed at Health and Wellbeing Board. It was noted that there are two parts to this update, firstly to look at the need’s assessment, actions and performance and secondly keeping in mind the inquest to Stephen Port murders. The following points were presented.

·  The plan focuses on strengthening leadership and accountability

·  Visibility and representation around LGBT inclusion are deemed to be relatively strong with Council roles having officer champions, community facing representation at PRIDE, LGBT history month and trans-inclusion.

·  Training offers have been positively received and the council have introduced mandatory training on I learn. There is also specific training available e.g. shelter training for those working in housing and there is ongoing work to explore whether there is further thematic specific training required.

·  At the end of 2019, LBBD commissioned Studio3Arts to run Be and Do a creative resident led engagement programme which has had success engaging with those who have not participated in LBGT projects in borough. COVID-19 hit has the programme started getting momentum however Studio3Arts continued to keep in touch with the network running online events for pride engaging around 4000 people from in and out of borough connecting communities and wider London communities.

·  An important note is that with restrictions still in place there are people in unsupportive networks and programmes arranged by Studio3Arts have not been able to progress as planned however a solid foundation is in place for engagement and conversations.

·  Flipside continues to be active with good a membership, when members of flipside hit 18 and unable to access under 18 services, they can be connected with Be and Do.

·  Studio3Arts were tasked with mapping LGBT activity across the borough however with programmes reducing there is more focus on building networks and connections.

·  Commissioning frameworks, monitoring and contracts are in place, with good examples around the Domestic Abuse Commission with LGBT inclusion however there is potential for more to be done around community involvement.  

·  Community Safety focused actions are hate crime, commissioning of Stop Hate UK, communications plans, visibility like National Hate Crime Awareness Week which are all part of the Hate Crime, Intolerance and Extremism subgroup remit.

·  To note, in review of the action plan there were challenges on getting updates on visual clues and LGBT engagement with MPS however this has moved on since compiling the report and links have been made with MPS. 

·  Health and wellbeing looking at sexual health and substance misuse confirm that we are in the right place with awareness of needs looking from a trauma informed lens of those entering adulthood that can impact substance misuse and health.

 

Stephen Clayman stated the importance of recognising the inquest will be heard in Barking and Dagenham and noted the impacts the inquest may have on the BCU and MPS and the need to ensure that there is a strong  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

15 minutes

5.

Spark2Life Programme Update pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Minutes:

Spark2Life presented an overview of the three contracts they are commissioned to deliver, mentoring provision via the Youth Offending Service (YOS), mentoring provision for Ending Gang and Youth Violence (EGYV) case management panel and detached outreach funded via the Young Londoners Fund (YLF).

 

YOS

·  One mentor working with 9 young people, 8 male and 1 female. The mentor can work with up to 15 young people referred via the YOS. The programme supports medium to high risk however since April 2020 referrals have been more preventative where young people have lower sentences or on programmes like out of court disposals. This means there is earlier support for those on the edge or early stages the criminal justice system. This provision delivers positive outcomes with young people entering college and apprenticeships. COVID-19 has affected work however Spark2Life have continued to operate virtually throughout most of the lockdown period, this has presented challenges keeping young people engaged and building relationships with new clients.

EGYV

·  One mentor working will 11 males between the ages of 13-25 years old referred via the EGYV panel. These referrals are of higher risk where LBBD have concerns around level of criminal activity and associations and focuses more intervention than prevention. The programme has been working well with good outcomes supporting them to navigate and into education, college, apprenticeships, and employment. The support has been valuable to both young people and parents creating levels of independence and opportunities.

YLF

·  The programme started in January 2020 and works with Spark2Life, Studio3Arts and BoxUp Crime to deliver intervention, detached outreach, and diversionary support. Spark2Life lead on detached youth work entering young people’s environments to engage and signpost low risk young people into youth provision, positive activities, and forums. This service also supports medium to high risk clients who disclose and need support to change behaviours and life choices to use their time positively.

·  COVID-19 impacted delivery however Spark2Life now use mopeds to navigate the borough increasing engagement.

·  This element is complimented by Studio3Arts who support young people to develop their own youth provision and BoxUp Crime through boxing sessions and developing young entrepreneurs.

·  Detached outreach will be directing services to 6 schools every half term on a rota basis and are engaging with schools, so they are aware of the service and support schools with young people presenting risk. 

·  The last element is trauma awareness training which aims to increase capacity in the borough by training businesses such as chicken and corner shops to help positive engagement with young people. Training has been delivered virtually to 23 participants (business owners, parents, professionals) and will also be offered to community members who want to mentor young people through a holistic 8 week course.

PRU

·  Spark2Life have also been commissioned to deliver mentoring 2 days a week in Mayesbrook Park mentoring up to 12 young people. This range of programmes offers a unique opportunity to reach a large amount of young people looking at positive change, challenging mindsets and developing a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

10 minutes

6.

My Support Space pdf icon PDF 19 KB

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Victim Support presented the new online resource “My Support Space” that helps victims and witnesses manage the impacts of their crimes and have control and see their progress throughout their journey and feel empowered. The programme incorporates.

·  20-25 interactive support guides to assess their needs looking at trauma, journey to justice, financial abuse, lockdown and hate crime. The content is designed to help reflect on their feelings, the impacts on them and to normalise their feelings.

·  Video’s and techniques to aid grounding, breathing, and reducing anxiety

·  Online diary to help record how they feel and to see their progress and journey

·  The system works by engaging with the victim or witness, informing them of the self-service digital platform. If they chose this option, they could register. The system offers a welcome section, self-assessing guides including options to choose 11 ways crime has impacted them or an option of “I don’t know” where specific guides will be selected for them but will be able to access.

·  The victim or witness can choose to access the self-support service or can access further intensive support with tri-age, IDVA or a caseworker to ensure the service meets their needs.

·  In London between 01 April – 31 August 2020 there have been 322 have signed up across all crime types and 91.55% are satisfied with the resources.  

 

Stephen Clayman queried if there is a link between the self-service tool and any ongoing crime report, however it was advised that this system is independent but the support available links to the crimes they encountered. The board agreed to support the promotion of this system via social media channels and existing networks.

 

ACTION: Laurence Piemonte to reshare My Support Space information flyer.

ACTION: Partners promote My Support Space via networks and social media channels.

 

15 minutes

7.

DV Flag East pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

CAB updated the board on the Family Legal Access Group known as “DV FLAG EAST” and the progress and delivery in the first year of its service.

·  Increasing concerns on the reduction in legal aid eligibility since April 2013 which had significant impacts on family law funding and scope of legal aid.

·  Domestic abuse remained in the scope for legal aid eligibility, research by Right of Women found 40% of domestic abuse victims were unable to access legal aid

·  A rise in accusers in person, court system in disarray, advice and front line agencies & statutory agencies struggling to cope had substantial impacts.

·  There is a high level of domestic abuse across England and Wales and locally a high prevalence of reports of domestic abuse which has sparked a great deal of work including the domestic abuse commission and forum supported by active commissioners and activities across the council and MPS.

·  Family Law Accessibility Steering Group formed in March 2019 and responsible to the Community Safety Partnership, chaired by the Director of Law and Governance to respond to activity and strategic, corporate and borough priorities. This has enabled the group to obtain high level stakeholders including family court district judge, refuge, commissioners, MPS and CAB.

 

The aims of this service are to deliver a more joined up approach to legal advice for domestic abuse clients, working local services meeting local demand, create of a best practice pro bono service and so that people caught up in domestic abuse can access timely, good quality family law legal aid and pro bono support and are more empowered to make informed choices and have improved confidence in the legal system. The Flag is made up of 4 local solicitor firms & CAB family solicitor volunteer to provide family law advice coordinated by the CAB. Solicitors cover non molestation orders, occupation orders, child matters, divorce and separation hate, abductions etc with over 70% take up which is higher than VAWG strategic target. All service provided are from local firms to ensure residents are support by professional who know the systems and communities. CAB act as the single point of contact and coordinates the rota and triage and refers clients to a solicitor. The solicitor will Provides free legal advice on legal options, if legal aid offers to take the client’s case, if not legal aid gives one off pro bono advice and reports back to CAB for any additional service required.

 

 

During COVID-19 lockdown the project saw increased referrals from 5-10 a week to 40-50 with the majority of referrals coming via MPS into FLAG. FLAG works closely with refuge and support services to ensure a smooth client journey. The rise in demand is expected to continue. Data collected breakdowns into age profile, gender, disability/long term illness, race, nationality, economic status, income, household profile and ward.

 

Work on this agenda continues with lobbying and proposals for perpetrator work being developed. The main focus is working with legal services to become pro bono volunteers. Year 2 will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

10 minutes

8.

VRU Serious Violence Plan pdf icon PDF 314 KB

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Each year the Community Safety Partnership are to develop a local action plan that sets out our programme and delivery to addressing serious violence across Barking and Dagenham. The partnership plan was developed with support of the CSP and submitted to the MPS to collate a spreadsheet containing East BCU plans and submitted to VRU on 11 September 2020.The plan included a range of actions under the following 7 categories

o  Governance – focusing on co-ordination between partnership forums, shape of CSP agendas, development, and reviews of local strategies

o  Analysis and Enforcement – Highlighting work around public health approach, use of data and intelligence, problem profiles, knife sentencing guidance, domestic abuse commission, GPS tagging.

o  Reducing access to weapons – co-ordinating community weapon sweeps, retailer agreements, challenge 25

o  Safeguarding and educating young people – introduction of safe spaces, partnership working to address exclusions, safer schools’ officers, street doctors’ sessions and Lost Hours campaign.

o  Working with communities and neighbourhood to reduce violence – hosting SNB meetings, tension monitoring, VRU critical incident fund, business watch and Neighbourhood Watch.

o  Supporting victims of violence and vulnerability – delivering trauma training, modern day slavery, work with victim support.

o  Positive diversion from violence – commissioning diversionary programmes, expansion of YARM, Ben Kinsella Trust exhibition, perpetrator programmes.

 

Next steps are to ensure there is oversight and management of the plan which will be a standing item on CSP agenda to ensure key points and challenges can unpicked at board level. The plan will be updated to include lead subgroups for each action so subgroups can monitor the progress and delivery. Stephen Clayman reiterated that the plan was submitted on the VRU template with Havering and Redbridge plans for ease when updating MPS actionsand also stressed the importance of the board having oversight to highlight success, issues and blockers and demonstrates to MOPAC the seriousness we take on this agenda.

 

15 minutes

9.

RESTRICTED: Missing Person Review

Minutes:

Item restricted

10 minutes

10.

RESTRICTED: Prevent Update

Verbal update

Minutes:

Item restricted

 

5 minutes

11.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Minutes:

The board discussed agenda items for December 2020 board meeting. It was agreed for LGBT Needs Action Plan to come back to December, to remove 16 days of activism and delay Resettlement update to March 2021.

 

5 minutes

12.

Any Other Business

5 minutes

12a

RESTRICTED: Performance Report

Minutes:

Performance report – The council are reviewing frameworks therefore the CSP has holding report of police recorded crime used for the Safer Neighbourhood Board. Moving forward the plan will include actions from serious violence action plan. The main points to note.

·  The data is up until July and on rolling 12 months with monthly breakdown

·  When reviewing Police recorded data it is important to bear in mind levels and volumes are influenced by improvements to recording practices, expansion of recorded crimes, variations of police activity, genuine increase in reports and impacts of COVID-19

·  Total overall crimes saw a drop in the number of offences in particular street based crimes however most offence types are starting to return to previous levels.

·  During COVID-19 ASB increased, since then it is decreasing to previous levels

·  Violence against person continues to see an increase in rolling 12 month data, during COVID-19 we did see a drop in recorded data but is now increasing.

·  Violence with injury shows a decrease during COVID-19 however like other data this is starting to increase. The further breakdown includes violence without injury with includes molestation communications and harassment

·  Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 saw long term trends figures increasing and, continued to increase which is likely to be linked to more people indoors and reporting encouraged

·  Increase in racist hate crime, a clear jump on 12 month and rolling 12 month which is starting to decrease but still high levels.

·  During lockdown there was an increase in drug possession increased which was linked to police activity and stop and search.

 

Stephen Clayman noted that crime types police generate i.e. drivers of violence drug traffic offences have risen sharply due to targeting drug suppliers. Financial year date 52 charges of drug supply have increased to 232 charges following work from the Violence Suppression Unit.

 

10 minutes

12b

Sub-Group Update Reports

Minutes:

Hate Crime subgroup are aware of the increasing data on hate crime and are looking to do more work to unpick data to look at where incidents are taking place and their nature to apply tailored responses included review of provision like SHUK. There is need to ensure we are able to encourage reporting and to offer effective support when they do. The subgroup is in planning stages for National Hate Crime Awareness Week which is a priority in terms of LGBT plan discussed earlier. We are having to adapt plans due to Ccovid-19, whilst we are looking to run stall in market a lot will be online, videos, comms activity.

 

ACTION: Look at LGBT specific hate crime awareness sessions

 

Contextual safeguarding and exploitation subgroup meet monthly and has a wide partnership including community sector colleagues. The group is responsible for the co-ordination of a multi-agency response to exploitation of children and applies targeted and purposeful responses, improve workforce training, brings together MASE, CEG and Missing Panel. It oversees the contextual safeguarding pilot working with University of Bedfordshire to strength systems to minimise risk. The group supported the launch of the Step Up Stay Safe Lost Hours campaign and oversees the work programmes like Sparking Purpose and delivery through commissioned providers and bids. Lots of work and initiatives in play brining in young people’s voices to ensure we effectively respond. A request for when new operations are in place that they group are informed to be able to effectively support.

 

YOS Board have increased to 6 weekly meetings 1 reviewing performance and second to focus on theme. The current theme has been resettlement, the HMIP thematic report on young people coming out of custody when compared to the previous review in 2015 showed little progress nationally. The YOS have reviewed 12 young people being discharged in Barking and Dagenham for learning. The board now have a young person who has been through the criminal justice system attend the board to help shape the work delivered and will attend on a regular basis.

 

VAWG is chaired by Melody Williams, it was noted the board has not met however virtual contact between partners is in place. There are challenges managing MARAC steering group and work is being done with John Carrol and partnership colleagues to explore an effectiveness review which will sit between the CSP and safeguarding partnership so we can explore a daily approach to domestic abuse. The aim is to identify what we know and what we need to reshape. An innovative programme on perpetrator behaviour change has been agreed and prototype testing has started, the programme disrupts behaviours and supports with accommodation where suitable with placements going into the foyer over next few weeks.

 

Reducing Reoffending board – No update provided by subgroup chair

 

5 minutes

12c

Safer Neighbourhood Board Update pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Minutes:

Safer Neighbourhood Board last met in June and a virtual open public meeting held in September which was successful. The feedback from those present was positive and are keen for virtual meetings to continue to allow those who are usually unable to attend to participate. Some SNB members are facing challenges with virtual meetings so want to host a socially distance meeting in December. The Stop and Search monitoring group has not been as effective since lockdown, there are requirements for this to be held at police station, so the chair is talking to Melissa Gilmour to explore ways to address this in the current climate. The MET have agreed for body worn camera footage to be accessed so will be able to reconvene meetings in the next few weeks.

 

2 minutes

13.

Date of Next Meeting

Community Safety Partnership Board

Wednesday 09 December 2020, 10.00-1.00pm

MS Teams

Minutes:

Community Safety Partnership Board

Wednesday 09 December 2020, 10:00am-13:00pm

MS Teams

Chair: Councillor Margaret Mullane