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Community Safety Monthly Update - Issue 26

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.

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

Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams


Home Office Peer Support Network Pilot training

Think Protect Connect - Youth Group 

Community Development and Substance Misuse

East Sussex County Council Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund - East Sussex Family & Carers’ Team

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

16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls

MARAC Victim leaflet

News from the MARAC
Road Safety

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC's weekly email newsletter

Cyber Crime News Bulletin

W/C 24th to 28th Oct 2016 and
W/C 31st Oct to 4th Nov 2016

Other Useful Resources

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid

Public Health - Rapid Review of evidence of the impact on health outcomes of commissioned health services on people in secure and detained settings
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.’

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation. 

Friends Against Scams aims to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perceptions of why people fall victim to scams and make scams a local, regional and national topic.

By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session or completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others from scams.

Those who participate in the sessions/online learning will become a Friend Against Scams and will be encouraged to put their knowledge to use in their local communities.

For more information about Friends Against Scams and to complete the online awareness session, please visit

You can also register on the website to join face-to-face group sessions which are being held on the 7th and 28th November in Lewes and Eastbourne respectively.


Home Office Peer Support Network Pilot Training

Lucy Spencer, Strategy & Partnership Officer, has recently attended the Home Office Peer Support Network Pilot Training in Leeds.  

This new role involves taking part in a review of a local authority’s  effectiveness in delivering Prevent outcomes. Reviews will consist of:
  • A 2/3 day on site task (living and working as a team  for the duration)
  • Working as a team ranging from 4 to 6 people  depending on size and complexity of authority (large  two tiers may be longer with more people)
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’
  • Conducting interviews
  • Running  focus groups with staff and key stakeholders
  • Using open questioning  and recording key points
  • Delivering a final presentation with key findings and recommendations

The Home Office are currently in the process of lining up authorities to undertake voluntary peer reviews as part of this pilot. Once they have confirmed an area, they will look at skills and expertise across the Network and put together a review team based on the needs of the area in question, before contacting selected Peers for their availability.

Think Protect Connect - Youth Group

The Think Protect Connect toolkit aims to provide schools and other youth settings with a range of innovative resources to safeguard children and young people from online radicalisation and extremism.

Dave Law, Prevent Project Officer at the Safer East Sussex Team has started to develop a version of the Think Protect Connect toolkit to a youth group in Sidley, Bexhill who meet on Thursday evenings.

This particular group has a focus on developing  media skills and is run by a local company DigIT Media, which is funded through the Heart Of Sidley project. The young people are filming and editing the 15 min sessions that Dave provides over the 6 weeks and will be focusing on a short interactive drama production called ‘The Bus’. This is a study using freeze framing techniques involving the young people as participants. They can explore the different roles played by the victim, perpetrators and bystanders.

The concept is to  change the balance of a hate crime incident in favour of the victim without putting yourself at risk and then taking appropriate reporting action. This short drama will then be filmed by the young people as a potential resource for informing their peer group.

Dave is hoping that the video could be used as a learning tool or at least be the basis for further development. Dave’s experience is that young people are always very interested in the products made by others of a similar age grouping.

This is a positive example of joint working in the community.

For more information on Think Protect Connect toolkit, please click here

Community Development and Substance Misuse

East Sussex County Council Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund - East Sussex Family & Carers’ Team

Cranstoun have recently been awarded funding to set up the East Sussex Family & Carers Team (ESFACT) to support people who are being affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues ( dual diagnosis).

The ESFACT team offer advice and signposting, drop-ins, support groups and  1-1 sessions for clients as well as workshops and training for our clients and volunteers across East Sussex.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help us promote and develop this new service in the area. In exchange our volunteers will be able to access free training courses and workshops.

This project is supported by the Safer East Sussex Team Community Development Officer.

If you would like support from us or would like to volunteer, you can contact us in the following ways.

By phone: Emma 07920786352 / Tara 07795953951

By email: / to’

At our office:
ESFACT, 3VA. 8 Saffrons Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 1DG

At our drop-in:
Tuesdays from 10-12noon at 3VA Meeting rooms
( drop-in starts 8th Nov 2016 at Saffrons Rd address)


Road Safety

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Safe Drive Stay Alive is produced by a partnership including Sussex Police and SouthEast Coast Ambulance Service and co-ordinated  by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

The objective is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

The show explores the consequences of getting involved in a road collision and targets 16-24 year olds, with the aim to change their behavior before they pick up bad habits. They are also reminded of the fatal 4 - speeding, distraction, seat belts and drink or drug driving.

The following events are taking place throughout November:

  • Tuesday 8th Nov - White Rock Theatre, Hastings 10:00
  • Tuesday 15th Nov - Kings Church, Eastbourne 10:00, 13:00
  • Thursday 17th Nov - Plumpton College 13:30
  • Tuesday 22nd Nov - Uckfield Civic Center 10:00, 13:00
  • Thursday 24th Nov - Uckfield Civic Center 10:00, 13:00

If anybody would like to attend or have referrals, please contact who will add you to the guest list. The show is not suitable for under 16s

More details can be found here

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

16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls

The 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women run from 25th November (the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) to the 10th December (Human Rights Day).

Over 16 days, a range of agencies, groups and individuals are coming together to work to end all forms of violence against women. This includes awareness raising, making sure people know where to go for help and support, sharing stories about people's experiences, recovery and work, as well as hosting a comedy night to raise funds for local services.

The 16 Days of Action also include other significant dates like World Aids Day (1st December), as well as the White Ribbon Campaign, which calls on men to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence and abuse.

Please click here for further information.

Make your pledge- Join the White Ribbon Campaign

Thousands of people around the world are making a commitment to play their part in standing up to condemn violence against women.

Join the White Ribbon Campaign by making a personal pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms.

Click on the image below for more details:

MARAC Victim Leaflet

There is a new 
MARAC Victim Leaflet which professionals can use to explain the MARAC process and what will happen when they are making a referral. If it is safe to do so, someone being referred to the MARAC may want a printed copy of this leaflet or they could access it online.


News from the MARAC
The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a meeting that brings together representatives from a number of agencies in East Sussex to discuss the safety, health and  well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children).

Every quarter the MARAC Support Team produces a briefing for MARAC representatives, their managers and other interested professionals.

It presents the findings from the most recent quarterly audit of MARAC cases, as well as identifying strengths, areas for development and recommendations to improve practice. This quarter recommendations for agencies and representatives included:
  • Ensure that front line staff are aware that it is best practice to speak to a victim about a referral to the MARAC. In cases where the victim is either not aware or has not consented, this should be indicated on the referral form
  • Ensure that front line staff are aware of the referral criteria (including ‘escalation’) so cases that meet the MARAC threshold are identified and referred
  • Complete all the fields on the MARAC referral form when referring a ‘repeat’ cases
  • Complete accurate research ahead of the meeting (MARAC representatives could use the local ‘MARAC research template’)
  • Provide an update on the status of actions following the meeting (MARAC representatives should complete and return the ‘action tracker’ following the meeting).

Click here for information on the MARAC, including practitioner guidance, referral forms, templates and a leaflet for victim.

The Safer East Sussex Team can provide 90 minute briefing sessions on the DASH risk identification tool or the MARAC.

For further information click here or contact

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Street community issues have become the number one priority in Hastings.

Senior managers form across East Sussex,  the PCC and the local MP Amber Rudd, who happens also to be the Home Secretary, are working with the Safer Hastings Partnership 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.

Consultation is now immanent to gain support for the gating, using Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) of a small number of footpaths/ alleyways that are experiencing ASB related nuisance, especially fly-tipping and drug related litter. One alley has had on-going ASB for more than five years.

The Safer Hastings Partnership and Safer Rother Partnership held their second trial merger meeting in  October. This  meeting  focused on shared priorities in addition to the county priority setting event in late September.

On bonfire night and Halloween, antisocial behaviour levels will be closely monitored and actions will be implemented should anything serious occur during this period.

Plans are also underway to mark the White Ribbon Day (25th November) campaign, to ensure awareness is maintained about reducing the levels of domestic violence


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

Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner 


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. Click on the image above to subscribe.
Cyber Crime News Bulletin

Click on the images below to see the latest news from the Surrey and Sussex Cyber Crime Unit. 
Other Useful Resources

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is based on an internationally recognised two day training course designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the whole Armed Forces community. 

The training can be attended by anyone who works, lives or interacts with people within the Armed Forces community. This could be serving personnel, veterans, friends or family. Everyone on the course is taught a set of skills which enable them to support someone experiencing a mental health issue.

Each and every Armed Forces MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme.

For more information about Armed Forces MHFA training and consultancy please visit

To book onto a course contact  or 01273 403693

Rapid Review of evidence of the impact on health outcomes of commissioned health services on people in secure and detained settings to secure future health interventions and prioritisation in England.

Through the 2015/16 remit letter, the Department of Health (DH) commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to undertake a rapid review of evidence of improvements in health outcomes for people in secure and detained settings of NHS commissioned health services with a view to inform the DH’s future prioritisation for work in the area.

The time point at which this evidence review occurred coincided with ten years of commissioning of prison health services by the NHS in England & Wales.

This change from the Ministry of Justice was initiated by the report The Future Organisation of Prison Healthcare in response to the findings of a highly critical report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIPs) in 1996.

A paper on these prison health reforms, published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2006, reflected on the benefits on prison health of transfer of responsibility to the DH and the NHS measured against the state of prison healthcare outlined in the HMIP report.

The paper cites benefits of health commissioning to include greater transparency, evidence-based assessment of health needs, tackling professional isolation, improving the quality of care and integration of prison populations into wider public health programmes.

The full report can be be found here
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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