Agenda and minutes

Sefton Safer Communities Partnership
Thursday 10th December, 2020 12.30 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Paul Fraser  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

26.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillor  Hardy, Karen Rooney (Merseyside CRC), Rosanna Stanley (Localities Services Manager – South) and Janette Maxwell (Localities Team Manager – North).

 

27.

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, to declare 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 by switching their camera and microphone off 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 by 12 Noon the day before the meeting to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, 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.

 

28.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

 

29.

Community Safety Strategic Assessment pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Report of Gemma Monaghan Murrow, Business Intelligence Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Gemma Monaghan Murrow presented the Community Safety Strategic Assessment which was intended to identify local needs to support local strategy development and service planning. In order to understand whether we are achieving good outcomes locally it was useful to benchmark outcomes in Sefton against the national average and look at trends over time.

 

The report identified and highlighted areas of opportunity for future partnership work. These had been broken down into three key areas - Recommendations, Considerations, and Information Gaps.

 

The following recommendations were contained in the report:

 

1.       Domestic Abuse - Continue to build on the Domestic Abuse strategy delivering preventative and targeted support to support the best possible outcomes for victims, children and perpetrators. Integrated with issues surrounding Child Protection and ‘Breaking the Cycle’

 

2.       Anti-Social Behaviour - Continue with existing targeted ASB activities.

 

3.       Violent Crimes - Continue working with Violence Reduction unit and Knife Crime Reduction partnership delivering preventative and targeted support to support the best possible outcomes for victims.

 

4.       Location Based Summary - The partnership should develop a priority based upon the geographic areas most affected by the impacts of Criminal Damage, Drugs and Violent Crime.

 

5.       Hate Crime - Partnership communications should be coordinated after any significant events, to reduce the likelihood of retaliation and to raise awareness of support.

 

6.       Hate Crime - The partnership should seek opportunities to raise awareness of those motivational factors that are currently under represented.

 

7.       Vulnerable Victims - The partnership should look to develop as a single priority area around reducing the risk of priority crimes in vulnerable groups.

 

Steve Martlew reported that the Chair had indicated that she would like some of the issues in the report to be considered by the Board during 2021 possibly as a single agenda item meeting to allow for in depth discussion. It was suggested that he discuss this with the Chair with a view to a programme of issues being agreed.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

(1)    the report be noted;

 

(2)   the Recommendations in the report be supported; and

 

(3)  Steve Martlew liaise with the Chair with a view to a programme of issues being agreed for consideration at future meetings.

 

30.

Domestic Abuse - Sefton System Review & New Safe Accommodation Duty pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Report of Steven Martlew, Localities Service Manager – North.

Minutes:

Steve Martlew – Localities Service Manager presented a report dealing with the New Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Duty, the responsibilities this would bring, and the work that needed to be undertaken in order to prepare for when the new duty came into force in April 2021.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

(1)           The report be noted; and

 

(2)           The need to undertake the following be supported:

 

·            The creation of a Local Domestic Abuse Partnership Board (LPB) including a revision of the membership;

·            The creation of a Survivor Forum that will have a representative on the LPB;

·            The appointment of a consultant/additional temporary member of staff to undertake a Needs Assessment;

·            The revision of the Sefton Domestic Abuse Strategy to reflect the outcome of the Needs Assessment;

·            To understand the various commissioning arrangements for DA services in Sefton and bring them into a coherent timetable to ensure that they meet the recommendations of the needs assessment and DA Strategy;

·            To create a range of Safe Accommodation options for DA victims/survivors in Sefton.

 

 

31.

SWACA Child on Parent Violence Scheme overview pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Report of Neil Frackleton, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid.

Minutes:

Neil Frackleton, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) presented a report giving an update on progress with a particular emphasis on child on parent violence.

 

It was reported that SWACA and Sefton CVS, supported by Sefton MBC, with partner input, were in the process of developing a Systems Action Plan to ensure holistic coverage of the issue, aligned with the areas highlighted in the systems approach section set out in the report. 

 

This would enable a manageable and phased / staged approach, as it would need time to develop, due to the complexity of the issue, and the need to establish a true multi-agency ‘team’ approach.

 

The following Key next steps had been identified:

 

·            Developing a clear, multi-agency Child on Parent Violence / Abuse system model

·            Building operational delivery – both within SWACA and with partner support

·            Broadening understanding of the issue (for example, NPS / CRC support with risk)

·            Developing the role of the Task and Finish Group (Steering Group) and sub-groups

·            Creating a clear and timetabled plan to lever in significant additional resources

·            Establishing clearer definitions / formal identification of Child on Parent Violence / Abuse

 

RESOLVED: that

 

(1)                The report be noted;

 

(2)                The key next steps set out in the report be supported; and

 

(3)                Updates on progress be submitted to future meetings of this Partnership.

 

32.

Operation Banger Review pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Update from Chris White, Localities Team Manager - South

Minutes:

Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South presented a report informing the Partnership of the Success of “Operation Banger” across Sefton over the Bonfire Period 2020.

 

It was reported that due to restrictions around Covid-19 and in particular the introduction of lockdown on 5 November this had been an unusual Bonfire period with some specific, different and difficult challenges.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)  the report be noted; and

 

(2)  the Partnership’s appreciation of the extensive work carried out under difficult circumstances by all the agencies involved be placed on record.

 

33.

Merseyside Police Christmas Planning (Business Support against burglary, stamping bikes post-Christmas etc..) pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report from Superintendent Graeme Robson.

Minutes:

Superintendent Graeme Robson – Merseyside Police, presented a report giving details of the action Merseyside Police were taking with partners to plan for the Christmas period, which presented a number of challenges due to seasonal spikes in crime and other activity requiring police attention. The report outlined Police activity across the following themes;

 

·       Domestic Abuse

·       Commercial Robbery / Burglary and Retail Crime

·       Residential Burglary

·       Night Time Economy

·       Anti-Social Behaviour

·       Drink Drive

·       County Lines

 

 

The Merseyside Police operation around the Christmas period was known as “Operation Shepherd” and was subject to a full command structure and planning process utilising all force departments and specialist capabilities.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

 

34.

Local Policing Update

Update from Superintendent Graeme Robson.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership received a verbal update from Superintendent Graeme Robson.

 

Superintendent Robson highlighted the significant reduction in firearms offences compared to previous years and commented in particular on the work being done in aiming to prevent young people from becoming involved in gangs.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the update be noted.

 

 

35.

Integrated Youth Services pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Rosanna Stanley, Localities Service Manager - South

Minutes:

Tanya Wilcock - Head of Communities presented a report giving an update on the progress and achievements of the Integrated Youth Service.

 

RESOLVED: That the update be noted.

 

 

36.

PREVENT Update

Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South.

Minutes:

Chris White, Localities Team Manager – South, gave a verbal update on Sefton’s PREVENT Strategy and the latest Channel Panel Statistics.

 

RESOLVED: That the update on PREVENT be noted.

 

 

37.

Scrambler Bikes - Motion to Sefton Council Meeting pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Copy of Notice of motion submitted to Sefton Council on Thursday 20 November 2020. The Motion was Moved by Councillor Thomas, Seconded by Councillor Cluskey and unanimously agreed.

 

Minutes:

The Partnership considered a Notice of Motion which had been put to Sefton Council on Thursday 20 November 2020. The Motion had been moved by Councillor Thomas, seconded by Councillor Cluskey and unanimously agreed.

 

Point No. 6 of the motion referred specifically to the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership and requested consideration of further action the Council could take to address the underlying issues which led to crime and antisocial behaviour as part of a longer term strategy on these issues.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

(1)           the notice of motion be noted;

 

(2)           the recommendation referring to Sefton Safer Communities Partnership be supported; and

 

(3)           a report be submitted to the next meeting of the Partnership giving details of initiatives being undertaken with regard to scrambler bikes in Sefton.

 

38.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

Members were requested to submit any items for the next meeting to Steve Martlew.

 

39.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 11 March 2021, commencing at 10.00 am.

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair thanked all members for their contribution to the work of the Partnership during 2020 and conveyed best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the next meeting be held on Thursday, 11 March 2021, commencing at 10.00 am.