Agenda for Sefton Safer Communities Partnership on Thursday 13th June, 2019, 10.00 am

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Caitlin Manion  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Shaw, Neil Frackleton, Tony Harland and Sue Holden.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested at a meeting where a disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest arises, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests, todeclare any interests that relate to an item on the agenda.

 

Where a Member discloses a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, he/she must withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest, except where he/she is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of a dispensation.

 

Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests were received.

 

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

4.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy 2019 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of Janette Maxwell, Localities Team Manager – North.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Partnership considered the report of the Localities Team Manager – North which informed Members on the Sefton Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy.

 

The report indicated that, in June 2015, the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership approved Sefton’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy 2015 – 2018. The report stated that the strategy was due to be updated and refreshed for the next three years. A review of the strategy objectives and achievements had been completed and had been used to inform the development of the new 2019 – 2021 strategy.

 

The report highlighted the strategy performance overview for 2015 – 2018. The report detailed that there were four themes outlined in the strategy: Partnership, Prevention, Provision and Protection. Considerable work had been undertaken by partnership agencies across Sefton to develop and deliver a variety of work to support the objectives within the priority areas. The report stated that the statistics and headline outcomes attached to the report had allowed the Domestic Abuse Executive Partnership to reflect on the achievements of the past three years, and to recognise the areas that still needed further development and support.

 

The updated strategy for 2019 – 2021 had been developed in partnership by the Domestic Abuse Executive Group. The performance review of the 2015 – 2018 strategy had been used to inform the development of the refreshed objectives and priority areas.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

the 2019 – 2021 Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy be approved; and

 

(2)

the Localities Team Manager – North update the Partnership on the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy on a quarterly basis.

 

5.

Children's Commissioner Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Reports of the Children’s Commissioner Office.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Partnership considered the report of the Children’s Commissioner’s Office on the characteristics of gang-associated children and young people and improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and exploitation. A copy of the report was attached to the agenda for information purposes.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Children’s Commissioner Report be noted.

 

 

6.

Sefton Safer Communities Partnership End of Year Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Report of Ian Willman, Service Manager - Localities.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership considered the report of the Service Manager – Localities that provided the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership with the outturn performance for 2018/19 in respect of the Community Safety Fund; and that included, where possible, data but more importantly case studies from the particular activities which had been commissioned by the Partnership and the impact this had on our residents and communities.

 

The report indicated that the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) granted the Partnership £332,000 in Community Safety Funding for the financial year 2018/19; that the overall aim and objective was to work together in partnership to find innovative and effective programmes and solutions to our local issues in the short to medium term; and that the Partnership had invested in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant in seven outcomes and monitoring outcomes and data were provided in detail in the Appendices to the report on the following:-

 

(1) Community Infrastructure

 

(2) Community Reassurance

 

(3) Domestic and Sexual Abuse

 

(4) Serious and Organised Crime

 

(5) Vulnerable Victims including Hate Crime

 

(6) Anti-Social Behaviour

 

·       Positive Futures

·       Youth Offending Service

 

(7) Child Criminal Exploitation

 

The report concluded that the Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant had contributed to a number of successes in Sefton and that the Partnership were using the outcomes and monitoring data to inform its investment priorities for 2019/20.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the report on the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership outturn performance for 2018/19 in respect of the Community Safety Fund be noted.

7.

Sefton Safer Communities Partnership Action Plan 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Report of Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South.

Minutes:

The Partnership considered the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership Action Plan for 2019/20; the vision of which was “to build community resilience to crime and increase the confidence of our residents by changing their perception of crime in Sefton”.

 

The Action Plan highlighted successes relating to:

 

·       Positive futures: Diversionary activities ranging from addressing issues of low level ASB to working with young people engaging in gang activity

·       Youth Offending: Triage activities to reduce numbers of first time entrants and support those at risk of engaging in criminal / anti-social / gang related behaviour

·       Serious and Organised Crime

 

The Action Plan also set out the priorities and actions for 2019/2020, which included:

 

·       Anti-Social Behaviour

·       Sexual Violence

·       Vulnerable People including Hate Crime

·       Community Infrastructure

·       Community Resilience

·       Serious Organised Crime and Serious Acquisitive Crime

·       Child Exploitation and Youth Violence

 

The report concluded that the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership was committed to working together to address those issues concerning Sefton’s communities and the priority remained to tackling issues of crime and community safety and to make best use of the resource we have available to us to deliver the best quality services to Sefton’s residents.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership Action Plan for 2019/2020 be approved; and

 

(2)

the Chair of the Partnership be delegated authority to decide, with guidance, which projects and activities would be approved for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant.

 

 

8.

Operation Beachsafe and Operation Target

Superintendent Graeme Robson, Merseyside Police, to deliver a presentation on Operation Beachsafe.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership received a verbal update from Superintendent Graeme Robson, Merseyside Police, which informed the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership of the on-going Police Operations in respect of Operation Beachsafe and Operation Target.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Superintendent Robson be thanked for his informative update.

 

9.

The Merging of NPS and CRC Services Verbal Update

To receive a verbal update from the National Probation Service.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership received a verbal update from Karen Rooney, Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, and Martin Gay, Merseyside National Probation Service, on the merging of the National Probation Services and Community Rehabilitation Companies.

 

Ms. Rooney stated that on 16 May 2019, the Ministry of Justice published ‘Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence’. This document set out the plans for the future of the probation services which had been informed by both a period of consultation and published reports from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and the National Audit Office, which raised concerns about the current probation delivery model.

 

From the Spring of 2021 the offender management functions within the National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Companies, would be amalgamated into one and would retain the name National Probation Service. The private and voluntary sector, operating on a divisional footprint under new contractual agreements, would deliver offending behaviour programmes, treatment requirements, unpaid work and other interventions.

 

The North-West division (Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria) would be a separate division to the Greater Manchester part of the division. Since the start of ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ five years ago, North West National Probation Service and Interserve Community Rehabilitation Company managers and practitioners had worked closely together to ensure that probation services were delivered safely and to a high standard.

 

This close liaison and collaboration would continue until Spring 2021. National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Company colleagues would continue to work together to deliver the change with great care in order to maintain a stable National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Company with good practice and which would command the confidence of the Courts, of victims and the communities that they serve. This would include the maintenance of their commitment to partners in relation to public protection, victims work and rehabilitation.

 

Ms. Rooney concluded that over the next two years, as the new National Probation Service was due to emerge, they would anticipate a refreshed combination of private and voluntary sector delivery of interventions. Their ambition was to safeguard the delivery of services alongside realising the benefits of Offender Management combined within one organisation. They would focus on public protection, support and supervision, resettlement and rehabilitation, with every offender under probation supervision whether they were serving short or long custodial sentences, whether they were in custody or in the community, whether they were on a community sentence, or whether they posed a low, medium or high risk of serious harm.

 

Together they would ensure that they retained a focus on delivering on local partnership agendas, and would keep the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership up to date as and when they had more detail.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Ms. Rooney and Mr. Gay be thanked for their informative update. 

 

10.

Knife Crime Verbal Update

To receive a verbal update from Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership received a verbal update from Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South, on Knife Crime in Merseyside. Mr. White informed the Partnership of the Merseyside Knife Crime Reduction Partnership. Mr. White stated that the aim of the group was to develop methods of collecting and analysing information between partner agencies to reduce knife related incidents in Merseyside. In order to achieve this, there were six themes that the group had been looking at:

 

  • Less knife possession and related incidents in Merseyside
  • Jointly agreed tactical response
  • Improved Community Confidence
  • Less knife related injuries and offences
  • Portfolio of methods for gathering information for evaluation
  • Jointly agreed media response

 

Mr. White concluded that Local Authority Community Safety Partnerships work together to deliver the aims in partnership across the region.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

Mr. White be thanked for his informative verbal update; and

 

(2)

Mr. White be requested to submit a formal report to the next meeting of the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership.

 

11.

Integrated Youth Service Report pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report of the Localities Service Manager – Central.

 

 

Minutes:

The Partnership considered the report of the Localities Service Manager – Central, that updated the Sefton Safer Communities on the progress and achievements of the Integrated Youth Service since March 2019 relating to:

 

·       Sefton’s Youth Offending Team and Key National Performance Indicators, headlines (June 2019) relating to re-offending, re-offending frequency, reoffences per reoffender, first time entrants and custody rate.

·       Youth Offending Team Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation Inspection. The result of which was that the YOT required improvement to be good with just five recommendations. An action plan had been produced to evidence how the recommendations would be met.

·       Youth Service which included: Digital Advantage, The Vibe, Liverpool City Region Pride, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Voice, Southport Detached Work, New Beginnings and the Youth Bus.

 

  RESOLVED:

 

That the Integrated Youth Service report be noted.

 

 

12.

Any Other Business - Review Update

Minutes:

Homelessness Review

 

Ian Willman, Localities Service Manager – South, stated that after the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership agreed to commission a learning review regarding the unfortunate death of a homeless person in Southport, Officers had met with the Independent Reviewers to scope out the terms of reference, the scope of the review and the timetable for completion. An interim report would be brought to the next scheduled meeting of the Partnership in September 2019 and a final report would be completed in December 2019.

 

National Probation Service – Victim Information Service

 

Martin Gay, Merseyside National Probation Service, stated that in the recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) inspection of the National Probation Service North West Division, the National Probation Service’s Victim Information Service had received an ‘outstanding’ rating, this is the highest rating given and rarely achieved. Mr. Gay wanted the Partnership to be aware that this was the quality of service that the victims of serious violent and sexual crime in Sefton received. Mr. Gay also mentioned that one of Sefton’s Probation Officers, Julian Eisner, was informed that the case of his that was inspected was described by the Inspector as “one of the best I’ve ever inspected”. Mr. Gay felt that it was important for the Partnership to be aware of the achievements of the National Probation Service.

 

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project

 

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive of Sefton CVS, informed the Partnership that the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project had been successful in gaining funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a two-year contract which would commence in July 2019. The Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project provided mentoring and befriending support to offenders from HMP Liverpool, before and after release, with the aim of helping them to resettle positively back into the community. A comprehensive service was provided to help offenders overcome any barriers they faced, with the objective of reducing reoffending rates significantly, and thus the consequent impact on the wider community.

13.

Ian Willman - Localities Service Manager - South

Minutes:

The Chair of the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership indicated that this would be the last meeting of the Partnership to be attended by Ian Willman, Localities Service Manager – South before he took up his new role with Knowsley MBC.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Ian Willman, Localities Service Manager – South, be thanked for his services to Sefton and he be wished every success for the future in his new role.

 

14.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 12 September 2019 at the Town Hall, Bootle, commencing at 10:00 am.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the next meeting be held on Thursday, 12 September, 2019 at Town Hall, Bootle, commencing at 10:00 am.