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Safer Swansea Partnership

  1. 1. Partnership Overview & Scrutiny Committee Monday 28 th June 2010 Presented by Mark Mathias & Jeff Davison
  2. 2. Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 <ul><li>Provides that the council has a legal duty to carry out all its various functions with due regard to the need to prevent crime and disorder in its area </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  3. 3. Section 19 and 20 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 <ul><li>Section 19 </li></ul><ul><li>Requires every local authority to have a crime and disorder scrutiny committee with the power to review or scrutinise the work of the responsible authority (crime and disorder functions) and to make reports or recommendations to local authority with respect to the discharge of those functions </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  4. 4. Section 19 and 20 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 <ul><li>Section 20 </li></ul><ul><li>Enables the Welsh Ministers to produce the </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory guidance in relation to Wales and also enabled the Secretary of State to make regulations in relation to the exercise of the functions of crime and disorder. In both cases there must be consultation between the Welsh Ministers and the Secretary of State. </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  5. 5. Terms of Reference of the Committee <ul><li>To Scrutinise the work of the Community Safety Partnership and the partners who comprise it, insofar as their activities relate to the partnership itself. </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  6. 6. Principles of Scrutiny <ul><li>The four fundamental principles; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Critical Friend” challenge to policy/decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>Enables the voices in the communities to be heard </li></ul><ul><li>Carried out by “independent minded governors” </li></ul><ul><li>Drives improvement in Public Services </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  7. 7. Key Areas for Scrutiny <ul><li>Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to the development of strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Holding to account at formal hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Management </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  8. 8. “ Councillor Call for Action” process CCfA came into force Oct 2009 <ul><li>CCfA gives Councillors a new right to raise matters connected to ASB and substance misuse which are of a local concern with their council's overview and scrutiny committee who can then decide whether to use their powers to investigate the issue. </li></ul>Responsibilities of committee
  9. 9. Safer Swansea Partnership Strategic Progress as at April 2010 Strategic Progress since April 2009
  10. 11. Previous Control Strategy for 2009/10 <ul><li>Prolific and Persistent Offender Strategic Group </li></ul><ul><li>Children and Young People </li></ul><ul><li>Substance Abuse -Drugs and Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Anti Social behaviour (ASB) </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the Public </li></ul><ul><li>Road Safety and Fire & Rescue Services </li></ul><ul><li>CONTEST </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Group , to manage the Implementation of PSP review </li></ul>The following aims agreed by the Safer Swansea Steering group in April 2009 related to the basic structure of the Partnership, communication, sub group membership and processes . Many issues have been addressed effectively
  11. 12. Safer Swansea Partnership Anti Social Behaviour <ul><li>Appointment of a Neighbourhood Justice Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Victim Champion Appointed </li></ul><ul><li>Victim Satisfaction Survey Introduced and monitored </li></ul><ul><li>ISTAM process inviting local people to help solve ASB issues </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Office –includes “hot desking” for Housing, Arson Reduction, Outreach workers </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation Services – 14 of 18 cases referred were closed </li></ul><ul><li>Multi Agency Test Purchase Operations -Operation Stay Safe </li></ul><ul><li>Drug & Alcohol referral worker </li></ul><ul><li>Media reassurance ,” You said & we did ” Regular newsletters, City Safe, </li></ul><ul><li>PACT process reviewed and improved communication with communities </li></ul><ul><li>Family Intervention Programme – first council-led project in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Bureau -offered alternative options other than criminal justice interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous intervention measures: Hype, pier led advice, So to Do, early intervention now at 5 comprehensive schools </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>The WAG endorsed Safer Swansea /SMAT Commissioning Board Strategy and as a result moved Swansea to annual review </li></ul><ul><li>The national KPIs for timeliness in assessment to treatment were consistently met </li></ul><ul><li>PARIS project SMAT & criminal justice joint working / information sharing has been strengthened </li></ul><ul><li>Tough Choices 2391 persons have been tested in the fiscal year 09/10 in Swansea, approx 200 a month. The average positive drug test in Swansea was 45% higher than Cardiff 35%. On average 73% of the 1064 positive drug tests in Swansea have been for opiates , and 15% for cocaine in 2009/10. 45% showed positive results. There has been a 36% rise in the DIP caseload as many choose support of a Care Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening Families ’ project supported by partners all trained </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive assessment process for adults (18>) has been developed </li></ul><ul><li>The Place , Children & YP Service fully established with young people’s services especially re safeguarding </li></ul><ul><li>Counselling / therapeutic interventions funding from WAG </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling alcohol fuelled violence remains a concern , both in city and in “domestics” </li></ul>Substance Misuse
  13. 14. <ul><li>The Safer Swansea Children and Young People’s Group has a defined structure and clear terms of reference </li></ul><ul><li>Action plan devised for 2010-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Bureau -60% reduction in first time entrants – Only two restorative intervention cases have re-offended YOS re-offending reduction is – 79.6% best in the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>Safer Swansea CYP Group have a Participation Strategy involving 300 young people per annum . The scheme is deployed in high deprivation areas with high risk disaffected of disadvantaged young people. Matters covered include:- ASB, Drugs & Alcohol, Racism, Environment, Social Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous interventions – Hype, YIP, EYST, </li></ul><ul><li>So to Do - 180 vulnerable children now supported in 5 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Info-Nation offers more than 360 youths aged 14-17 advice each week 2000 Deputy Sheriffs where primary children help protect their schools and learn good citizen skills </li></ul>Children and Young People
  14. 15. <ul><li>Gap between crime level and perception of crime is being addressed </li></ul><ul><li>We should be confident as CRIME REDUCED throughout SWANSEA </li></ul><ul><li>Penlan down 3.6% (86 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>Morriston down 7.09% ( 86 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>Townhill down 7.5% ( 144 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>Gower down 9.2% ( 183 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>Gorseinon down 12.9% (294 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>City down 13.2% (963 less victims) </li></ul><ul><li>Eastside down 19% (480 less victims) </li></ul>Crime Rates
  15. 16. <ul><li>How many agreed that police and Local council are dealing with ASB and crime issues in the area? 49.8%  Better than force Average 46.5% </li></ul><ul><li>How many feel Police would treat them with respect? </li></ul><ul><li>85.4%  Better than force Average 82.6% </li></ul><ul><li>How many agreed Police would treat them fairly? 72.8%  Better than force Average 67.5% </li></ul><ul><li>61.6% agree the Police understands the issues affecting their community  Better than Force average of 57.75% </li></ul>Public Perception
  16. 17. Current Control Strategy for 2010/11 Following a two day consultation, held in February 2010 The following main themes were identified for 2010/2011: <ul><ul><li>Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence and Satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Victim and Witness care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substance Misuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children and Young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Cohesion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting the Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persistent and Prolific Offender / Subject Management </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Confidence and Satisfaction <ul><li>Government confidence target based on following question in British crime Survey </li></ul><ul><li>‘How much would you agree or disagree that the Police and Local Council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in this area’ </li></ul>SINGLE CONFIDENCE TARGET South Wales Police area-59% target for people who agree at March 2012-baseline 39% set in 2008
  18. 19. Confidence and Satisfaction <ul><li>Recently published MoU between ACPO CYMRU and SOLACE WALES </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at reaching target but also improving public confidence in wider services </li></ul><ul><li>Linked to WAG ‘ Making the Connections’ agenda-Citizens at the centre; public engagement; working together across the public sector; value for money </li></ul><ul><li>MoU provides actions- </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Crime and Disorder Scrutiny committees will be encouraged to consider the SCT within their work and to scrutinise and hold to account CSP’s for delivery on this agenda </li></ul>SINGLE CONFIDENCE TARGET South Wales Police area-59% target for people who agree at March 2012-baseline 39% set in 2008
  19. 20. Sustained reduction in all crime, 37% less than 2002
  20. 21. Confidence and Satisfaction Understanding Communities-their profiles and problems Analysing and responding-short, medium and long term Multi-agency working LSB,CSP,CYP etc Shared agendas-transformed into visible actions in communities <ul><li>Accessible Services & visible responses </li></ul><ul><li>Multi agency office </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood Justice Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>PACT’s </li></ul>Strengths & Opportunities Collaboration Culture Communication Coordination Working with, in and for the community Utilising communities as main resources to keep Swansea Safe Communication Tackle ASB and Crime effectively Drive effective partnerships Deliver a high quality local service Develop an empowered, engaged, confidence workforce Work with and for the public Five Themes of Public Confidence Not many ASB and crime issues could or should be solved by the police working in isolation. Working closely and effectively with local partners can tackle local priorities in an efficient and effective way. In order that people are satisfied with the service they receive, local services need to be consistently accessible, visible and responsive to individual and local needs and priorities. To deliver this high quality local service strong leadership and training is necessary so the workforce feels confident and empowered to adapt the service they deliver to meet individual and local priorities. By treating people fairly and with respect they will be more likely to engage with the service and provide us with the information we need to understand and deal with the crime and ASB issues that are effecting them locally. The importance of communication Professional, effective communications are at the heart of build ing confidence and improve public perceptions of anti - social behaviour and should be built in at every level – from planning to delivery. The five themes are intrinsically linked. Understanding the people within our community and the issues effecting them can enable us to plan how to tackle the root causes of them effectively. This will improve public perceptions of ASB, drug dealing and drunk and rowdy behaviour.
  21. 22. Key Areas for Scrutiny <ul><li>Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence and Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to the development of strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Safer Swansea Strategy 2011-14 </li></ul><ul><li>Holding to account at formal hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule public meeting-October 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Management </li></ul><ul><li>Finance v outcomes </li></ul>Possible areas for committee
  22. 23. QUESTIONS