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Community Safety Monthly Update
 (Issue 28)
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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.


Coming up in this Issue........................

Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams



Street Communities

'Cathy' at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings


Prevent

Innovate UK – Prevent Home Office Funding


Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls

New Domestic Abuse provision in East Sussex

East Sussex Specialist services



Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Video Enabled Justice (VEJ)
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership



Partnership Priorities 2017/18


Cyber Crime News Bulletin

W/C 23rd and 30th December 2016


Other Useful Resources

Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family event

FareShare FoodCloud – free food for your community group


Moves, Changes & Opportunities


New Starters




 
Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to… ‘Take a Stand Against Scams.’


We want to encourage everyone in East Sussex to do a short awareness session to learn how to protect themselves, and others they care for, from being targeted by criminals. Whilst there is a short 20 minute online session (click here), free one hour groups sessions are also being held in the following libraries as part of the East Sussex Trading Standards Scamnesty, which is calling on residents to bring along their scam mail and dispose of it confidentially.

We will be in the following libraries on the dates below:

  • Peacehaven – w/c Tuesday 10 January
  • Bexhill – w/c Monday 16 January
  • Seaford – w/c Monday 23 January
  • Newhaven – w/c Monday 30 January
  • Hailsham – w/c Monday 6 February

To reserve a place on one of the Friends Against Scams sessions, please visit the website.

Street Communities

'Cathy' at the White Rock Theatre - 25th and 26th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Acclaimed Theatre Company Cardboard Citizens presents this powerful and emotive Forum Theatre show, exploring resonances in today’s society with the story told in the ground-breaking Ken Loach film, Cathy Come Home, 50 years ago.

The Forum session which follows the play provides an interactive theatrical debate which empowers the audience to take issue with subject matter. After watching the play, you will have the opportunity to discuss, disagree and even change the outcome.

An evening not to be missed! Click here to book a ticket.

Prevent

Innovate UK – Prevent Home Office Funding


We have been successful in being awarded funding from Innovate UK – Prevent Home Office Funding to develop a range of innovative ‘autism friendly’ resources aimed at safeguarding young people with autism from online radicalisation and extremism, by building their personal and online digital resilience and critical thinking skills.

To enable their parents and carers to understand more about extremism they will be offered direct support in the form of a series of workshops that will run alongside those for young people
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Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls

New Domestic Abuse provision in East Sussex
Two new services have been commissioned by NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of ‘Healthy Hastings and Rother’, a scheme that was set up to tackle health inequalities in the area.                                           

The existing Change Grow Live (CGL) Hastings and St Leonards service is introducing a hospital based Health Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (HIDVA), as well as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor to work with GP surgeries in the area. This will form part of a new IRIS (Identification & Referral to Improve Safety) domestic violence model which is being adopted at the service. The services, which were launched in December, will operate from the Conquest Hospital and 18 GP surgeries in Hastings and St Leonards.

CGL will work with partner organisations RISE and Survivors Network, under the umbrella of the Portal Domestic Abuse Partnership, to ensure the best service can be provided to those who need support.

The Home Office, National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) and the Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy have all recommended the evidence based IRIS model in relation to domestic violence and abuse.


East Sussex Specialist services
The Portal offers a support service to survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) and Rape, Sexual Violence and Abuse (RSVA) who are 16+ and living in, working in or visiting East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Professionals can refer individuals by completing The Portal Referral Form which can be found here. If you have any questions, or for support with making a referral please email info@theportal.org.uk.

The Portal is developing a suite of printed materials for distribution. To order a publicity pack please complete the ordering form.
Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Video Enabled Justice (VEJ)

Video Enabled Justice (VEJ) allows police officers to give evidence through video into courts from special 'live link' rooms situated in 14 police stations across the county. Recently, the latest VEJ live link connection was launched at Hellingly medium secure hospital, near Hailsham, allowing patients to testify into court.

Working with Sussex Police and Sussex Partnership Trust, the addition of Hellingly to the network will save staff and officer time and cut costs associated with transporting patients to court. Not to mention increased stress and anxiety from being held in court custody. Watch the ‘as live’ Facebook video on this here.

In a twelve month period over 500 Sussex residents, many of them elderly, lost a combined total of £2.25 million to fraud. In December the Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne was interviewed for the Sunday Politics show where she discussed how our older residents, who may be isolated and vulnerable, are often deliberately targeted by fraudsters. The PCC argued that agencies should become better at working together to protect people from this horrible crime which often has a severe impact on the victim’s quality of life. You can watch the show here, with the segment on fraud beginning at around 47.57 in the timeline.

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.

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

The Safer Hastings Partnership (SHP) continues to develop a range of initiatives, and fosters good relations between the constituent partner agencies  set up to tackle crime, disorder and fear.

As part of its remit,  the SHP supports the Hastings Business Crime Reduction Partnership which very recently attained a ‘distinction’ in its effective and affective approaches to tackling business crime and disorder across the Borough. This success, together with other good news; that the Hastings Business Improvement District (BID) was successful, will further business opportunities in the town and beyond. Tackling the street community issues that detract from the Borough’s regeneration plans are therefore more important than ever.

Senior managers from across the partnership continue to develop initiatives to address the antisocial behaviour aspects  of street drinking, youth ASB, rough sleepers and the detritus left from the drug using community across the Borough.

After Christmas consultations will commence to gain support for a PSPO as well as the gating of a small number of footpaths/alley ways that are experiencing ASB related nuisance, especially  fly-tipping and drug related litter. Other environmental improvements will shortly be in place to alleviate other identified problems. 2017 will undoubtedly include new challenges and issues that the SHP will face. All  partners and residents will help to improve the Borough and address local community safety issues as and when they arise.  

If you wish to raise any local community safety issues please do not hesitate to contact the Safer Hastings Partnership on communitysafety@hastings.gov.uk or visit its website www.saferhastings.co.uk

Partnership Priorities for 2017/18


The Safer Communities Board have agreed the proposal for the partnership’s future priorities that have been highlighted as posing the most threat, risk and harm to community in East Sussex using the MoRiLE process.

For those areas that have not been agreed as priorities, it is important to note that these are being dealt with through other partnership structures. It is also important to note that the partnership remain interested and involved in these areas of work and will provide support where appropriate. The priorities are:
  • Identify vulnerable adults at risk of fraud and rogue trading and develop targeted preventative workBegin to explore cyber-crime with a focus on cyber bullying and online safety
  • Explore further opportunities for partners to engage in early preventative work in relation to organised crime and the exploitation of young people, including links to County Lines
  • Gain a better understanding of the risk of modern slavery
Cyber Crime News Bulletin

Click on the image below to see the latest Surrey and Sussex Cyber Crime Unit weekly news bulletins. 
Other Useful Resources
 

Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family event

The East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and Safer Communities Partnership, are inviting you to attend this free event ‘Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family’.

It is on Tuesday 14th February from 9:30am to 3.30pm at The East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22 5ES

Click here to book your place

 
FareShare FoodCloud – free food for your community group
 

FareShare receive fresh, quality and in date surplus produce from the food industry and redistribute it to not for profit organisations, charities and community groups. They're currently working with Tesco, offering charities and projects surplus food direct from their nearest Tesco stores. It’s free and only requires available volunteers to collect the food from their local store in the evening.

They are looking for charities, community groups or not-for-profit organisations, which provide food as part of their service, to link to the scheme. It’s run on a first come, first serve basis and they hope to connect organisations to the local Tesco stores across Sussex. This YouTube video presents a demonstration of the process.

If you're interested in taking part in the project, please contact Shelley Wright, FoodCloud Project Coordinator Executive, by phone: 07572 228014 or email: Shelley.Wright@fareshare.org.uk

Moves, Changes & Opportunities

New Starters
We would like to welcome Sam Harman and Julia Gray to the team. 

Sam has taken on the role as Strategy & Partnership Officer and Julia is our new MARAC Development Officer, whilst Nicola Spiers is on maternity leave.
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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