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Community Safety Monthly Update- Issue 21

Welcome from the team

We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful.  This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.

Safer People, Safer Places Community Safety Engagement Event
On Tuesday 17 May, The Safer Communities Board and Safer East Sussex Team held a community safety engagement event which was attended by over 100 leaders and practitioners from various organisations who came together to share information about the main issues affecting vulnerable adults, vulnerable young people and the community. 
The event was designed to encourage wider participation and engagement with as many partners as possible and information gathered will inform the partnership’s annual strategic assessment of community safety.
One of the attendees had this to say 'After attending the Safer Communities Partnership meeting at the Winter Gardens, I feel that I know more about the work being done within the community to make it a safer place for all groups of people, race and ages.  It was good to know that big issues and topics are being addressed and movement is being made towards joint or shared partnerships across East Sussex.'

We are currently collating feedback and identifying key themes that were raised during the event and will be circulating a newsletter with further information to partners once this has been completed.
Serious Organised Crime
The team are continuing to scope relevant opportunities to link in with the work being done around Serious Organised Crime (SOC). 
The Scams Working Group which includes representation from Sussex Police, Adult Social Care, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Public Health, Trading Standards and The Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner met recently and were provided with a demonstration of the ESFRS system called 'The Cube'.  Discussions took place about how this has the potential to identify vulnerable people in relation to scams and fraud, and could help facilitate targeted interventions.

At the next meeting partners will discuss risk factors that they feel relevant in identifying potential victims, and the potential for pooling this data together (giving consideration to the necessary data protection and information sharing agreements).

Useful Resources in relation to serious organised crime

Regularly update their website with news of the latest scams and frauds that come to light across the country.  For the latest on frauds and scams please click here

The Little Book of Big Scams, Business Edition offers fraud prevention advice to safeguard businesses and is for small and medium sized businesses as well as being relevant to larger organisations and individuals.
Community Development and Substance Misuse

On Monday 23rd May a range of organisations working with those in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse met to discuss innovative ideas to meet the needs of service users. 

Areas of work discussed included supporting service users to engage with education, training and employment, support with securing and maintaining accommodation, working with groups currently underrepresented in treatment and working with service users with a dual diagnosis.

These ideas will be developed through a fund held by the strategic commissioning manager for substance misuse.  It is hoped that at least 4 projects will be funded through this scheme and awards will be made in July 2016.

Road Safety

Thinking of Drinking and Driving this summer? Think again..
The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are looking to spread the above message throughout their summer campaign, and want people to understand the consequences of driving under the influence, before their inhibitions are lowered and they make the wrong decision.

Working with partners from Sussex Police, both Fire and Rescue Services, both County Councils, and Brighton and Hove City Council, the SSRP will be focussing on two main road user groups to stem the flow of Drink Drivers in Sussex. The priority group will be aged 17 to 35, who are sports fans, and live in the urban areas of the county. The second group will be age 25 to 55, living in rural areas, who have an interest in both food and drink.

SSRP will be educating people about what might happen if you drink and drive - not just about the potential collisions, but also the possible results afterwards - in order to complement the enforcement carried out by Sussex Police. Ranging from a fine of up to £5000, higher insurance, job loss, a driving ban, and a prison sentence, the Casualty Reduction Officers will be encouraging drivers and riders to think about these first, and how they may affect your lives. To pre-plan your travel and not put yourself in the position where you need to or could drink and drive is the best solution.

In 2015, six people died on the roads in Sussex due to alcohol, and there have been two fatal collisions already this year for the same reason. Don’t let yourself add to this.

For more information about the SSRP visit their website here.
A word from our analysts

Prior to the 'Safer People, Safer Places' event, we worked with a group of individuals from a range of partnership agencies who had kindly agreed to help us facilitate conversations on the day. During the event, partners’ were asked to identify and discuss what they feel is a current local threat or an emerging issue and our group of facilitators assisted us in capturing discussions. Work is now being undertaken to collate this information for use within the Strategic Assessment of Community Safety 2016. This year, we will be exploring the ‘Threat, Risk and Harm’ in relation to each of the issues identified, and are confident that the information obtained from the engagement event will provide a useful and insightful qualitative background to our document.

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

The Street community population has reached  very high numbers in Hastings. The Safer Hastings Partnership is focusing on individual members causing the most alarm and distress to residents and looking at risk factors to both the individual and the community. The partners  will be stepping up action to address this risk  potential harm and distress across Hastings over future months. The Partnership will also be encouraging residents and visitors to report  them to This allows an outreach worker to verify rough sleepers and signpost them to appropriate support services.

Another area of work we are focussing on is domestic abuse awareness, associated with the six weeks of the European football tournament in France in June and early July as well as some simple advice on alcohol consumption.

If you wish to raise any local community safety issues please do not hesitate to contact the SHP on or visit its website

Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner 

National recognition for restorative justice services in Sussex 

Work across Sussex to repair the harm caused by crime by bringing the victim and perpetrator together has won a national award. Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership won the ‘communities’ award for making an outstanding contribution to communities in Sussex through restorative practices. Some of the outstanding attributes of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership include pioneering a ‘victim led approach’, an innovative ‘cloud based’ electronic case management system and the enthusiasm, commitment of senior leaders, managers, coordinators and volunteers.   

The PCC’s weekly email newsletter contains a snapshot of her forthcoming meetings and events as well as a round up of news and views from the week. Subscribe here.

Other Useful Resources
This document provides practical help to support NHS organisations developing new safeguarding policies and procedures for female genital mutilation (FGM).
And in other news...

Saturday June 25 2016 is Armed Forces Day and to find out what's happening locally you can click here.

The Royal British Legion’s award winning Bravo 22 Company is running its first Recovery and Wellbeing through Art Project. Set up in 2014, the Bravo 22 Company was formed to help improve self-awareness, confidence, self-esteem and motivation in order to move wounded, injured and sick personnel along their individual paths to recovery.  Please visit their website for more information.

BHT Mental Helath and Wellbeing are running the course to the left, beginning on the 24th June 2016.  Click on the image to the left to find out more information.

Our current priorities for 2016-17

Domestic Violence & Abuse, and Stalking
Prevent and Hate Crime
Road Safety
Rape & Sexual violence, and abuse
Street Communities

Serious Organised Crime
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