Agenda and draft minutes

Safer Sefton Together - Thursday 17th March, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Remote Meeting

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Sayers, Mike Berry (MFRA), Tricia Davies (Head of Education)Sue Holden (Sefton CVS), Steve Martlew (Sefton MBC), Ben Ryder (MFRA), Kevin Sexton (Chesterfield High School) and Ros Stanley (Localities Service Manager – South).



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.



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



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2021.




That the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.



Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Refresh Strategy pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Jen Williams (NW Probation Lead), James Gillett (Police) will deliver a briefing on the national IOM Refresh, to include progress in Sefton.


The Partnership received a presentation from Jen Williams and Inspector James Gillett (IOM Programme Managers – North West) giving an update on the refresh of the Neighbourhood Crime Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Strategy.


The IOM refresh strategy strongly encouraged police and probation leaders to build links with local authorities in order to ensure IOM was embedded into the local agenda, and links with relevant partners were facilitated at this level. Local governance should set the agenda for local IOM schemes – offering clear guidance on the processes and responsibilities for joint offender supervision between agencies.


The Strategy focussed on:


·       Reduction of ‘Neighbourhood Crime’ - concentrating on persistent acquisitive[PF1]  offenders

·       Allocated Police and Probation Offender Managers

·       Managed offenders to have enhanced access to services

·       Governance arrangements

·       Improved Service User Engagement


The Strategy identified seven pathways to reduce reoffending:


·       Accommodation;

·       Attitudes, thinking and behaviour;

·       Family and Significant others;

·       Substance Misuse;

·       Education, Training and Employment;

·       Finance, Benefits and Debt; and

·       Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing.


Arising from the discussion reference was made to established lines of communication in Sefton and the possibilities for co-commissioning.




(1)           the information be noted and Jen Williams and Inspector James Gillett be thanked for their informative presentation; and


(2)           a further report be submitted to the September 2022 meeting giving an update on progress in Sefton.


 [PF1]Ian, should the word “offenders” in the bullet point below follow on from the word “acquisitive”?


Provision of Alternative Education Settings pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Further to discussions at the meeting held on 9 December 2021 (Minute No. 26 refers)


Tracy McKeating


Further to discussions at the previous meeting held on 9 December 2021 (Minute No. 26 refers) Tracy McKeating presented a report giving details of alternative education provision for pupils within Sefton.


Sefton Council had a statutory duty to provide alternative provision where pupils had been permanently excluded, and for other pupils who because of illness or other reasons would not receive suitable education without such arrangements being made.


Alternative Provision in Sefton was delivered through:


·       Complementary Education Service

·       JIGSAW Primary Pupil Referral Unit

·       IMPACT Secondary Pupil Referral Unit


Complementary Education Intervention involved Children unable to attend school settings due to health including mental health related needs.


There had been an increase in Children being placed in Alternative provision since September 2021 and there were currently 70 children receiving such provision.


RESOLVED: That the report be noted.


         Service Manager for Education Excellence to have a discussion with the Youth Justice Service around their cohorts education plans and sufficiency



Local Policing Update

Superintendent Graeme Robson.


The Partnership received a verbal update from Superintendent Graeme Robson highlighting:


Crime and ASB


·       Continued reduction in burglary ‘dwelling’ offences (>20% down over the past 12 months)

·       General crime trends were returning to pre-2020 levels across the board as the country moved out of Covid restrictions.

·       Current crime trends of note.

·       Monitoring and proposals regarding the expected increase in visitor numbers to the Sefton coast during spring/summer.

·       Monitoring of some reported incidents of racist graffiti in Maghull and Lydiate.


Serious and Organised Crime


The picture around SOC in Sefton remained broadly positive compared to 2-3 years ago although there had been some concerning incidents in the early part of 2022 and he reported on actions which had been taken in this respect.


The Sefton MARSOC (Multi Agency Response to Serious and Organised Crime) had been re launched as the MARTHR (Multi Agency Response to Threat, Harm and Risk) on a monthly basis. The purpose of the name change was to reflect the broader remit of the group to pick up connected issues to SOC such as exploitation and County Lines. Any local partners who could contribute to the work of this group would be welcomed.


Participatory Budgeting


Funding for a local community project had been secured and discussions were ongoing on progress. Support from other SST partners in terms of funding, engagement and participation in the project was welcomed.




That the update be noted.


  • SST Agreed Youth Diversion as a priority for the funding, along with geographic area delivery (South Sefton) based upon prevalence and need –- separate meeting before June with Partners needed



Violence against Women and Girls - Partner Reports pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Additional documents:


Further to Minute No. 29 of the meeting held on 9 September 2021 it had been agreed that key issues raised in the Community Safety Strategic Assessment be considered by the Board during 2021 as single agenda item meetings to allow for in depth discussion on that particular subject.


The third of these had been selected as Violence against Women and Girls and the Partnership considered the following reports detailing how individual partner organisations were dealing with this issue:


Sefton Council and Domestic Abuse Multi Agency Partnership


Report ofJanette Maxwell


Sefton CCG


Report ofTracy Forshaw.


Merseyside Police


Report ofSuperintendent Graeme Robson


Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service


Report ofKevin Hollis




Report ofNeil Frackleton


Sefton Youth Justice Service


Report ofAdele Maddocks


Sefton CVS


Report ofSue Holden


Schools Sexual Abuse Report- Chesterfield High School


Report ofKevin Sexton


Probation Service - Feedback From Merseyside Women's Team


Report ofJan Marlow


Arising from the discussion a number of issues were discussed which had arisen across a number of the reports.


Particular reference was made to comments raised by RASA in relation to input by Sefton and it was suggested that this needed to be investigated.


It was suggested that a statement on VAWG should be drawn up which members could consider and sign up to.




(1)      the reports be noted;


(2)      all organisations be thanked for the detailed and thorough reports provided;


(3)      Simon Burnett and Andrea Watts be requested to investigate the issues raised by RASA; and


(4)      A draft statement on VAWG be provided to the next meeting for consideration.



Date of Next Meeting

The Council at its meeting in January approved the following programme of meetings for the partnership for 2022/2023:-


Thursday 9 June 2022 commencing at 10.00am;

Thursday 8 September 2022 commencing at 10.00am;

Thursday 8 December 2022 commencing at 10.00am; and

Thursday 16 March 2023 commencing at 10.00am.


The meetings will continue to be held remotely until such time as the circumstances allow a face to face meeting to take place.


It was reported that Sefton Council at its meeting in January 202 had approved a programme of meetings for the Partnership for 2022/2023.




That meetings of the Partnership be held on the following dates and times:


Thursday 9 June 2022 commencing at 10.00am;

Thursday 8 September 2022 commencing at 10.00am;

Thursday 8 December 2022 commencing at 10.00am; and

Thursday 16 March 2023 commencing at 10.00am.


         The next meeting to be a Community safety strategy workshop- face to face if possible with a  facilitated discussion to develop a Strategy and Plan.


         Formal action tracker to be produced and included with minutes