Introductions and Apologies for Absence
Councillor Ghani, the Cabinet Member for
Enforcement & Community Safety and Chair opened the March 2023
Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Board and apologies were
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.
No declarations of interest to
ACTION: Chris Lyons to amend
the Community Safety Partnership Terms of Reference to reflect the
new Community Safety & Substance Misuse Board.
- Chris Lyons - will be circulated
next week to all CSP members and will be open to
ACTION: Amolak Tatter to bring
Alcohol and Drugs Needs Assessment to the next Community Safety
& Substance Misuse Board
- Cllr Ghani, This is item 4 of the
Tatter to bring an update on the Cultural Competencies work to the
next Community Safety & Substance Misuse Board.
The cultural competency work is based on one of the identified
markers in the substance misuse 5-year strategy, which look at the
wider community and how we engage with our demographic.
We need to think much more cohesively about how we engage
different community groups, different faith groups, seldom heard
groups and how we can make much more of our impact in the drugs and
alcohol and engaging these cohorts into
a treatment plans.
D’Urso to bring a Domestic Homicide Review Update to the next
Community Safety & Substance Misuse Board
- Cllr Ghani – This item will
be presented by Chris Lyons
ACTION: Chris Lyons
to contact MOPAC about providing funding for the Domestic Homicide
Review and to enquire if any unused funding from previous years has
- Chris Lyons – This was
initially Stuart Bell’s suggestion. He thought there was some
money we might be able to tap into at MOPAC I have raised it with
Isabelle Kennedy. There’s not been an answer back yet, but I
will keep pushing on that. Although, we have secured enough funding
to conduct a basic domestic homicide review.
chairs that could not attend December’s 2022 CSP are required
to give feedback on the current CSP Plan 2023-2026 priorities
ACTION: Stuart Bell
to share data acquired through the Zen City app with the CSP
– carry over to June 2023 CSP
- Cllr Ghani –
The Zen City is a community engagement app and Stuart Bell
mentioned that the police had been
using this last at the last CSP. We haven't received the data and
Stuart has sent his apologies for so Stuart is actually off today.
This action will be taken to the CSP in June 2023
Barking and Dagenham 5-year Substance Misuse Strategy PDF 149 KB
- In the Dame Carol
Black report it is outlined that those children and young people
who have had adverse childhood experiences are more likely to
develop drugs and alcohol problems that will accompany them into
adulthood, and that will obviously impact on things like education,
around social inclusion, and also impacts on the family and the
- LBBD don't have that many hospital
admissions for Barking and Dagenham and we are below the national
average, which is 85% and we're at 68%.
- We are also doing pieces of work
with children, social care around early identification of children
with substance misuse.
- We know that for most children that
substance misuse is the overwhelming substance of choice of
cannabis and followed closely by alcohol, and we're seeing a rise
in children taking ketamine as well.
- Nicotine is relatively low, but we
know that children are vaping as not in a way of giving up
cigarettes, but is a lifestyle choice and more work needs to be
done around education and also our substance misuse services to
make sure that we come back down to national average because at the
moment we're fluctuating in the higher echelons of that
- Planned exits again, we have much
more, more children that are leaving our services in a planned and
Cllr Worby praised the work
being done to tackle alcohol and substance misuse. As laughing gas
has recently become a prescribed substance it is important to
reflect the issues and new policy around laughing gas within the
needs assessment as the use within the borough is quite
high.Cllr Worby also notes that the police
have a difficult job in finding silver canisters within the
tri-borough which is extremely difficult.
Claire Brutton responded that
laughing gas substance misuse will be implemented within the needs
assessment with the help of SubWise.
Nathan Singleton noted that in
section 1.3 on the executive summary where it talks about barking
and Dagenham’s young people's substance misuse statistics
being better than the national average, there seems to be a lack of
confidence in where our numbers are sat. There doesn’t seem
to be a grip on what's going on or where there are positive
results. Within the report there were
comments around how effective Subwise are and how well respected
and flexible they are. However, if LBBD are not completely sure
about our data, then we're guessing it might be that staff aren't
trained properly, or it might be something complete different.
Nathan Singleton questioned if he and the board could get some
reassurance in relation to this.
Clare Brutton assured that what
is being reflected within the five year strategy is thinking about
what our data is telling us, what it showing, but also comparing it
to the national data. So if we are out of kilter in any aspect such
as the number of people that go into Queens Hospital, for example,
alcohol related issues, we know that we are significantly below the
average for ...
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Victim Support Update PDF 65 KB
- 90% of victim support
referrals come through police through the police and 10% from
- When refferals comes
into IDVAS and then we have a look at the high risk we split the
service between the high risk service and the medium
- As a trend for
domestic violence victims is we're seeing a lot of young people
(16-24 year olds) coming into our services and they do present with
either mental health issues or drug and alcohol.
- The IDVAS service is
funded by MOPAC and currently is in contract for another 2 years
– this is hopefully to be extended.
- There is currently a
project underway that reaches out to women who are difficult to
engage with across the tri-borough and this is largely due to
victims not reporting their abuse.
- It is also difficult
to engage with young people and getting them into the IDVAS
David Lingard noted that he did
reach out to Victim Support about six months ago to enquire around
how the new Antisocial behaviour team could help support the
boroughs victims. David Lingard said he would reach out
Alexandra responded that there
is also a hate crime unit within victim support, a homicide unit, a
young people unit and an IDVAS service. So there’s different
types of units that the council can link up with and it would be
useful to have a conversation around how to collate information and
increase partnership working.
Gary Jones noted that the new
Community Safety Team is small in size but there is opportunity to
support with outreach, particularly with the new brand in that
we've got the gazebos actually getting out within the communities.
The council used to do some work specifically on reporting crimes
to the police and reporting incidents into the council and we are
committed to obviously support these services, our teams
across. The Enforcement and regulatory
services do come across people that are suffering domestic violence
and come across specific incidents and we need to be working more
collaboratively in terms of delivering. Angela D’Urso
delivered at one of the Enforcement service meetings and presented
to 80 members of staff and we want to continue with that narrative
and embed this within our services.
Angela D’Urso commented
that on a tri-borough, our colleagues in Redbridge and Havering
been having conversations with I think an victim support colleague
of yours about mapping out those referral pathways and bringing
some consistency across that and that as you refer to kind of those
pathways in and out and where things are I actually would be great
and we can continue those conversations outside of the meeting.
Angela D’Urso invites Alexandra Joseph to the
Violence Against Women and
Girls strategic group as Victim Support have been invited but the
invite has not been reaching the right person. It would be useful
if Victim Support would attend the VAWG Strategic group for
information sharing and partnership working.
Cllr Ghani questioned how the
Victim Support service works ...
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Serious Violence Duty Update PDF 48 KB
- A special Serious
Violence Duty workshop was held with CSP board members back on the
31st of January to discuss the implementation of the new Serious
Violence Duty. This is now part of law and the CSP have a statutory
obligation to work together to minimise violence. This duty builds
on best practise that we've already been doing in the
Violence Reduction Unit Action Plan end of year updates and new plan sign off PDF 50 KB
- There is already an
existing VRU Violence and Vulnerability Action plan which we update
- There will be a
continuation to update and maintain our current plans.
- The Home Office are
working on like a new action plan template for serious violence and
once this arrives our current plan will be formatted to match
- During the Serious
Violence Duty Workshop it was established a working group would be
created for this first year just to lead the implementation of the
- Steve Calder kindly
offered to Co-chair the first meeting with Fiona Taylor, who's our
chief executive. There is also an additional plan to include the
new partnership Superintendent in the
chairing of those meetings moving forward.
- There is a need to
produce a serious violence needs assessment and we now have agreed
a timeline with that.
- The Councils analyst
Daniel James is going to look to commence that work in June this
year and this will run through till about September.
- Daniel James will be
producing the Serious Violence Needs assessment alongside 2022/23
crime and disorder strategic assessment which will take place
between the end of September and the start of December.
- The Serious Violence
Needs Assessment will be presented at Decembers CSP board for sign
off which will mean that the CSP have filled their requirement to
implement the duty by the 31st of January next year.
- The funding for the
Serious Violence Duty is £79,000 over 3 years.
- For the year 2022/23
there were £10,000 available which will be used in
conjunction with Redbridge’s funding to commission detatched
outreach work on Ilford lane whereby young people from Barking and
Dagenham and Redbridge are being exploited. This project will be
mobilised in the next couple of months.
Cllr Ghani praises the joint
commissioning of detatched outreach work as there are issues
particularly around serious violence on Ilford Lane.
Independent Serious Further Offence Review and next steps
Steve Calder wanted to note for
the minutes his condolences to Zara Aleena, who was tragically
murdered by Mr Mc Sweeny.
- 6 Probation Delivery
Units (PDU) were inspected over the summer of 2022
- On the 18th October
HMIP published the first three inspection reports. All were rated
- Barking, Dagenham
received an overall rating of ‘requires
- The unification of
the former Community Rehabilitation Services (CRCs) and the
National Probation Service (NPS) took place at the end of June
2021. This created the London region of
the Probation Service, which has statutory responsibility for over
35,000 offenders in the community and custody in the
- The overall results
were poor, but not unexpected due to staffing challenges
- HMIP Action Plan -
Recruitment and Retention: London now has support from a national
HMPPS recruitment team which has financed advertising probation
roles on social media and job fairs
- A Quality
Improvement Programme has been developedto cover the
operational HMIP recommendations. This includes a practitioner and
manager upskilling package and greater oversight operational
procedures and administrative data quality
- Zara Alena was
murdered by Jordan McSweeney an Independent review was published on
Tuesday 24th June.
- The report found
failings in the risk assessment of McSweeney and that the Probation
Service missed an opportunity to recall him sooner and if had done
so would have maximised the possibility that he would have been
returned to prison sooner
- Key recommendations
from the review are to:
- Develop processes to ensure
that all recall decisions are signed off and submitted bySenior
Probation Officers within the 24-hour target period – with
compliance againstthis target monitored in every Probation Delivery
Unit on at least a monthly
- Develop a London wide
initiative on neurodiversity and invest in trauma informedtraining
Cllr Ghani stated the Mr
McSweeny case was due to a failure carrying out a service risk
assessment and questioned what actions are being taken to address
Steven Calder responded that
the Inspection, the inspector's view that the risk assessment we
was assessed as medium risk of harm and protect should have been,
should have been assessed as a high. The context was that he was
there was a late allocation and confusion when he was allocated to
a new officer and there was not the opportunity to conduct a full
review. What the findings does show, and we do fully accept, is
there was information that that practitioner did not receive in in
a timely fashion that may have impacted the risk assessment,
changed to higher at an earlier date. Which
means that he may have been released as a as a high risk of arm,
and that may have meant some different actions were taken.
There is learning and that we have found across the
whole region in probation that there are some failings or so
there's some learning around the quality of that risk assessment
and that ISIS assessment, hence the entire regional quality uplift
plan. For all staff new ...
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Community Payback Update
- Within Barking and
Dagenham between 20 and 25 residents of Barking and Dagenham
receiving unpaid work requirement as a component of a community or
suspended sentence order every single month
- Individuals can be
sentenced to anywhere between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work,
which they are expected to do at least once a week.
- The current average
length of an unpaid work requirement is 120 hours.
- The requirement to
meet in groups in very often travelling vehicles together did not
play out well for us in the pandemic or for the 18 months post
pandemic and capacity was significantly reduced.
- The caseload has
doubled in size and there is a substantial backlog of cases with
outstanding unpaid work.
- There is 30,000 hours
of unpaid work waiting to dispense, so Community Payback are open,
willing and keen to work with partners to increase and diversify
- It has been a
challenge to recruit for project supervisors over the last 18
- There are a dozen
group sessions running each week in the in the borough, which can
be situated in parks, schools, care homes and other community
spaces around the barriers such as Dagenham and Redbridge Football
- A number of
activities are undertaken, everything from painting and decorating,
horticulture activities, litter picking, assisting the local
authority with fly tips.
- The only work we're
not supposed to do work that someone else is being paid to do
– this is becoming an increasingly grey area.
- Community Payback
works as a deterrent to commit anti-social behaviour as they work
in public spaces.
Steven Calder praised the work
of Community Payback. Steven Calder noted that King Charles’
coronation is fast approaching and that it could be an effective
use for Community Payback to do a pre and post-clean up of areas
where coronation events will be held.
Cllr Ghani noted that the CSP
co-ordinate monthly meetings to help identify payback jobs and
since this has happened the work has increased from 100 hours per
week to 1800 hours per week. Cllr Ghani questioned how Community
Payback are going to respond to the prime minister’s
announcement of the Anti-Social Behaviour Plan.
Matthew Chaplin assured that
Community Payback will work closely with partners. In the east of
London Community Payback is ahead of the newly proposed Anti-Social
Behaviour Plan as there are already mobile units operating Monday
– Saturday and there is existing confidence of Barking and
Dagenham being able to fulfil the duties of the plan.
Chris Lyons thanked Matthew
Chaplin for all the work he’s done in Community Payback and
has been instrumental in the variety of jobs being completed such
as painting in sheltered housing, work in sports clubs and charity
shops and parks.
Community Safety Partnership Plan Update PDF 48 KB
- The draft of the CSP
plan 2023-26 Plan has been circulated through internal governance
groups and engagement such as: the CSP Board workshop in December
2022, resident consultation through One Borough Voice and
- The CSP Plan will go
to Cabinet for approval on the 18th April
- Community Safety Partnership
Board Consultation Workshop December 2022 – High level
-Women’s safety and
serious violence are emerging priorities which need to feature more
prominently in the next Community Safety plan.
- There is a need to increase
visibility of the Police, council, and partners working within our
- Cost of living: concerns
about the impact on local crime, in particular low level offending
and the exploitation of young people.
- Tackling organised crime:
Street begging is an issue within the borough and there is an
organised crime element which sits behind it such as deploying
people to certain areas and also filters down to lower-level
- The local authority and partners should
increase their support of grassroots organisations to carry out
work that tackles crime and exploitation.
- Amendments should be made to the CSP
subgroups to ensure they remain fit for purpose and sharing of good
practice from the Barking Town Centre Meeting, Ending Gang and
Youth Violence Panel.
- Priority 2 of the CSP plan - ‘Tackling
Crimes that affect people the most' is vague and should to be
re-named into ‘tackling safety in the
neighbourhoods/community’ picking up issues such as
- Barking & Dagenham
Community Safety Partnership Plan Online Consultation –
- The resident consultation website received
231 visits to the consultation with 37 engagements.
- Residents were in support of the community
safety priorities and actions. The highest level of support was
received for the following priorities:
- Dedicated approach to reduce knife crime and
organised offending across the borough
- Focus on improving visibility of police,
council, and partners in the local community
- Having a connected community that respect
each other and celebrates different backgrounds
- Educate and communicate the issues around
domestic abuse and;
- Challenge abusive behaviours
- Issues that are affecting residents the most
included fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and drug use.
- Barking & Dagenham
Overview & Scrutiny Committee Comments - February 2023
- The Overview & Scrutiny
Committee highlighted the importance of communication between all
stakeholders and praised the acknowledgement of this in the
- The committee noted the need
to listen to residents’ voices through the virtual resident
engagement event and encouraged the Committee to promote this event
in their communities.
- Concerns were noted about the
perceived increase in violence towards women and girls.
- The community is conscious
about the abstractions of Police officers out of the borough to
Police large scale events and the impact this has on local
- The visibility of Police is
felt to have reduced and needs to be improved.
- The rise in online crime and
the online safety of young people online is an area which
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Woman's Safety Group Update
Safe Havens -
- There are 30 trained
and registered Safe Haven’s across the borough. This is due
to increase with Studio3Arts providing a second round of training
for interested venues.
- A dedicated website
to provide a link for businesses to sign-up, online training
package and map showing locations of Safe Havens has been
- A photo op with
trained Safe Havens took place on the 6th March 2023 and
this has been used as a part of the comms campaign launching the
Safe Haven scheme.
- To date 142 personal
safety alarms have been collected as of the end of February 2023 by
council staff to combat fears of unsafety around London Road car
- Applications for the
CVS grant fund closed on the 20th February 2023, whereby
one pot of £20,000 was awarded to Studio3Arts for the
delivery of educational and trauma-informed safety
- These sessions will
inform and empower residents on how to stay safe by simplifying
statutory organisation information into bite-sized knowledge that
is accessible to all residents.
Womens Safety Data
- Every quarter, the
Womens Safety Group is delivered a summary of data of Violence
Against Women and Girls crimes.
- 326 domestic abuse
offences & 62 sexual offences in January 2023 in Barking and
- According to Home Office figures (12 months to
September) there has been an increase in controlling &
coercive behaviour, stalking and modern slavery and a decrease in
harassment and malicious communications.
- Community Safety
currently have static security presence outside Barking station and
this will be replaced by patrols/ pulse patrols in coordination
with police when further Community Safety officers are
- There were 10 joint
patrols in November 2022, 6 in Barking Town Centre and 4 in
- So far identified two
additional locations for public space CCTV and continue to assess
Barking town centre (including recommendations from EVA) for re
purposing/ extra public space surveillance.
- CCTV is receiving
further investment and part of this will be focused on Barking town
centre including new wireless CCTV.
- Comms completed a
first round of women's safety comms campaign to include advice and
top tips for staying safe (20.01.2023), as well as directing comms
towards perpetrators too. A second round of comms is due to go
- Womens Safety Online
Meeting with residents took place on 21st February 6-7pm –
with over 40 residents having attended as well as staff
- The Safe Haven Scheme
was officially launched at the Womens Safety Online Meeting as well
as the council and police showcasing the work they are producing to
tackle violence against women and girls.
- General comms through
social media will continue as normal.
David Lingard expanded that
there is a new Community safety enforcement team of 10 officers at
covering shifts so at anyone time there could be 2 in terms of
joint patrolling. The SNT team, the neighbourhood teams are doing
an absolutely excellent job of embracing partnership working.
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Domestic Abuse Update
Strategic oversight, governance
- The VAWG Strategic
Group had been re-established and underneath this sits the MARAC
Steering Group and MARAC itself
- There is a
Woman’s Safety Group currently in operation that sits under
the Community Safety Partnership.
- Tri-borough VAWG
Strategic Group and Tri brought police and local authority lead
- A Woman’ Safety
Forum is in the process of being established following the
Woman’s safety Q&A
Learning and Development
- Toolkits in relation
to domestic abuse is available to all staff and professionals on
our Internet and Intranet sites with information such as: domestic
abuse from what it is, how to recognise it, how I can talk to
somebody, how to make a basic safety plan where I can refer on to
- The lbbd Internet has
been updated in terms of our community members and people who may
be accessing, looking for information, advice and guidance and
support so that the website has been divided into professionals
area and a community area and the content completely changed to try
and give people and communities, the tools that they need to
respond to domestic abuse issues as they're presenting to
- A domestic abuse
learning and commissioning lead has been commissioned and will
launch a learning and development programme from the 1st
- The council learning
programme whereby the content of that programme is broad and
wide-ranging, but ranges from things like what does barking and
what does domestic abuse look like in Barking and Dagenham, with
focuses on intersectionality’s, it has course on child and
adolescent parent to violence and abuse. We have courses on the
difference between domestic abuse and parental
- There is an
additional enhanced offer in terms of learning development from our
Cranston who will provide learning around how to work with
perpetrators and how to assess perpetrators, what to do when
working with perpetrators and where you can refer them
- A tool has been
commissioned to help us assess the impact of domestic abuse on
children and young people.
- The MARAC protocol
has had complete refresh of that and several related processes
and pathways across the MARAC to other
groups. Once approved this will be circulated and added to our
Children and Young People
- The Reset programme
supports children and young people who are displaying concerning
behaviours, either in terms of potential to become a perpetrator or
potential to become a victim of domestic abuse.
- Domestic Abuse
(locality workers) are sitting within the family hubs and support
children and young people and building links into schools and youth
clubs and places where people where young people are to have those
conversations – this will help with early education
- An online and
information advice and guidance and wellbeing service for children
and young people is being created so that they can access support
as they are impacted by domestic abuse, whether that be within
parent or carer relationships or themselves.
Domestic Homicide Review Update
- A domestic homicide
incident occurred in the borough late last year
- The CSP were notified
by the police for the need to complete a review whereby the CSP
then wrote to the Home Office to tell them of our intent to conduct
- The CSP have since
put together a service spec for the DHR
- This specification
went out through One Borough Voice and the link to this was shared
to specific charities and organisations that conduct this
- Standing Together
have engaged and applied to conduct a basic DHR review, the
contracts have been drafted and work on this will begin imminently
- The funding for this
review is from the CSP budget.
- Once the DHR chair is
in post they will reach out to CSP board members to undergo the
- There's been the
prevent strategy review has been released from the Home Office
there answer to that and it's outlining exactly what they're going
- There's been a
reduction in funding across London boroughs for the coming
financial year and then the year after, including for Barking and
- As we’re
entering Q4 so prevent have completed the projects that have been
delivered and we're just in the process of evaluating the work that
they've done and following up with that.
- Channel – there are currently
2 cases, monthly meetings are being carried out, with a new chair
and continuing with current co-chair. There good attendance and
partnership work and information sharing.
- New Projects – Brave and
Connect Futures have delivered all workshops as
expected across a mix of Schools and
LBBD staff. This is in an evaluation stage at the moment, there
will be no more funded projects form the Home Office but we will
continue to work with MOPAC to access suitable and appropriate
programs they offer. We maintain links with WHUFC and Future
Leaders programme to manage individuals who need continued
- Training –
LBBD, Schools and Partners (NHS, Probation, Police) receive
training and knowledge around Prevent and Channel looking at making
of referrals and how the process and system works and this
continues. Number of discussions with schools has risen in line
- Community Outreach
– Schools, Religious institutes visits are supported by the
Police to manage any questions, concerns and build confidence and
relationships within the community.
- Risks – some
groups are active locally but causing disruption rather than
raising extremist views, Contact the Prevent co-ordinator for a
full brief on current trends and concerns.
The new CTLP has been released
and is a London Wide document rather than looking at Boroughs
individually and a short presentation can be offered on
- 5-Year Substance
Misuse Plan and Cultural Competencies Update – Amolak Tatter
and Clare Brutton
- CCTV Update –
- Serious Violence Duty
Implementation Update – Chair of Serious Violence Duty
Working Group (Fiona Taylor or Steven Calder)
- Community &
Voluntary Sector Grants Programme Update
- Baroness Casey Review
findings and action plan - Police Superintendent
- RESTRICTED - Domestic
- RESTRICTED –
Domestic Abuse Update – Angela D’urso
- RESTRICTED –
Prevent Update – Simon Cornwall
Any Other Business
Cllr Ghani announces that Chris Lyons is
moving on from Barking and Dagenham Council, thanks him for all the
work he has done, and wishes him well in his new role.
Chris Lyons responded that he has enjoyed
working with colleagues within the borough and thanks all CSP board
members for their well wishes.
Subgroup Update Reports
Cllr Ghani notes that all the
sub-group reports have been circulated to board members for
Safer Neighbourhood Board Update PDF 57 KB
Cllr Ghani notes that all the
sub-group reports have been circulated to board members for
Safeguarding Boards Update Report PDF 73 KB
Cllr Ghani notes that all the
sub-group reports have been circulated to board members for
Date of Next Meeting
Community Safety Partnership Board,
Venue: Barking Learning Centre
Chair: Cllr Syed Ghani
Community Safety Partnership Board
Wednesday 28th June 2023,
BLC Conference Room
Chair: Stuart Bell