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Community Safety Monthly Update - Issue 23

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........................

Serious Organised Crime

Cuckooing and County Lines

Scams Awareness Month 

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter - In Focus: Vulnerable and Elderly as victims of fraud and rogue trading

Cyber Crime Unit Weekly News Bulletin  

Domestic, Sexual Violence and Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls

Become a Safe in East Sussex Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Champion

Female Genital Mutilation Awareness     

Community Development and Substance Misuse

The East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund

A word from our analysts

Strategic Assessment of Community Safety 2016

Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC funding key roles to protect older people from fraud and cybercrime

Other Useful Resources

Home Office: Action Against Hate - July 2016

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures update Edition 3

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship guidance - December 2015

Serious Organised Crime

Scams Working Group
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 on the 21st July 2016.

There was a presentation given by the Safer East Sussex Team in relation to the service mapping work, this outlined which agencies are working together, and the group discussed possible gaps/ areas to be developed, particularly with the voluntary and community sector.

We were fortunate to be joined by staff from the National Trading Standards Scams Team, who provided an overview of their work in East Sussex as well as details relating to their ‘Friends Against Scams’ national programme, more details can be found here.

Cuckooing and County Lines
Criminal gangs are targeting the homes of vulnerable people to be used for drug dealing – a process known as “cuckooing” (after the bird that invades other bird’s nests) and victims are often left with little choice but to co-operate. 

As well as supporting Sussex Police with an information sharing agreement, we have produced 2 leaflets - one aimed at organisations about what the signs to look for in relation to cuckooing are, and one for clients to encourage them to come forward if they feel at risk.  These are being distributed to partners, and will be available to download from our website.
If you would like to receive some printed copies then please email:

Scams Awareness Month

During the month of July, Sussex Police worked with partners for Scams Awareness Month and a lot of activity has taken place across the county.

This included awareness sessions at shopping centres, hospitals and other venues across East Sussex.

The message that Sussex Police have been sending out for Scams Awareness Month is that: 

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime.

If you think someone vulnerable might be being targeted, they should contact Sussex Police by calling 101 or report online at

A short film on  entitled 'Fraud and Scams, Know the Warning Signs' can be viewed here
Safe in East Sussex Newsletter

Click on the image for the latest in focus Safe in East Sussex Newsletter: 

Serious Organised Crime – the elderly and vulnerable as victims

Cyber Crime News Bulletin

Click on the image to see the latest Cyber bulletin, which features: 
- Alert: Fraudsters that claim to be your CEO
- Tinder launches group dates feature  

- Cyber Crime overtakes Traditional Crime in the UK
Domestic, Sexual Violence and Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) 

Become a Safe in East Sussex Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Champion
We're introducing a network of champions to bring together practitioners from a range of specialist agencies. The champions will act as a point of contact and be 'in-house' specialists within their service.

The champion’s network will be supported by the Safer East Sussex Team and will complement any existing domestic abuse and sexual violence champions locally.

If you or your organisation would like to find out more, please email
We look forward to welcoming you to the Champions Network!

Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
The long school holiday over the summer is known to be a time of increased risk for girls who may be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In response to this, the NHS is launching a new FGM awareness raising campaign. The campaign highlights the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM.

The NHS is using TV advertising to directly reach out to communities with this message, producing a film and some short social media videos. 

You can view the video, called ‘FGM: The Facts’ on NHS Choices

The Pan Sussex Child Protection & Safeguarding Procedures Manual include a specific section on FGM (section 8.14). This can be accessed here
Community Development and Substance Misuse

The East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund
The East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund has made several awards. The successful applicants are as follows:

Active in Recovery+
This project will benefit all those in recovery and those with a dual diagnosis.  The project offers touch therapies such as massage, anxiety reducing activities such as art  groups and groups that involve exhilarating physical exercise.  These include activities such as paragliding and sky diving in order to offer something different to other projects.

Brighton Oasis Projects
Brighton Oasis Projects offer gender specific drug and alcohol treatment.  A project based approach will be used to support  women to access existing support and projects.  The project will deliver structured activities in a women only space and specific support for women with children (including childcare).

A best practice (known as a community of practice) guide will be established for groups and services working with women.  Training will also be offered for women to become peer mentors to offer support to others navigating the treatment system.

Cranstoun will deliver the East Sussex FACT project which focuses on families and carers of dual diagnosis service users in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings.  The project will deliver weekly themed peer support sessions, weekly drop in “surgeries” for information, advice and signposting, workshops which build resilience, training for peers to co-produce and deliver services and to work existing services.

East Sussex Recovery Alliance (ESRA)
A three pronged approach to recovery coaching.  This will offer support to allow those in recovery to reconnect and rebuild relationships with their loved ones.  Trained volunteer recovery coaches will also work with significant others to “demystify the process of recovery”.  Coaches will also offer support to those pre-release and recently released form prison.  Coaches will empower service users to forma a plan to reintegrate with the wider community. 

Finally, coaches will work with those who present at A&E with alcohol and drug related issues – particularly “frequent flyers”.  Coaches will be contacted by A&E staff and they will empower clients to seek and sustain their recovery.

ESRA also received funding to establish a cross-regional service user group known as the South Coast User Forum (SCUF).  This will untie all the peer led recovery organisations along the South Coast.  There will be a virtual presence online and a physical presence with smaller local events and an annual larger event.

Kingdom Way Trust
The Bridge offers supported accommodation for up to 6 men in Eastbourne in an alcohol and drug free environment.  Residents will work with key workers to work towards living independently once again.  They will work with and signpost to agencies which look at:
Employment, Volunteering, Budgeting, Advocacy, Substance misuse, Mental health

Hope wood work offers volunteering placements and aims to enable unemployed people a route back to work.  The project provides meaningful activity and a chance for participants to gain new skills.

Reformed Eastbourne Services
This project will provide bespoke plans to support those in recovery to improve their employability and become job ready.  The project will consider all aspects of the client’s life and the project worker will sign post to other services as appropriate. 

Reformed Eastbourne Services will work with clients to develop CVs, conduct job searches, complete application forms and develop interview skills on a 1:1 basis.  There are also opportunities fro training and gaining qualifications including a CSCS card.

Seaview will be delivering the RADAR project.  Workers will work on the following areas with those in recovery:

  • Refocus - activities will be established which refocuses the attention of clients and can help prevent relapse and develop new skills.
  • Assess - Seaview will provide a range of computer and a paper based elf-assessment resources to support clients to move forward.
  • Develop - this looks at developing positive support networks.  Clients will work with both peer supporters to achieve this and to discuss and address other vulnerabilities such as mental health issues.
  • Activate -  this part of the project will support clients to try out new activities both at Seaview and in the wider community.
  • Recover - this looks at developing recovery plans appropriate to the individual.  This could mean a day – to – day plan using the above areas to avoid a relapse or a longer term plan including goal setting to return to or begin employment 

Women’s Voice
This is a women’s film project for mixed audiences in recovery.  The project will focus on the role women play in making films.  The audience will be attracted from the client base of recovery orientated organisations in Hastings including CGL, ESRA and Seaview. 

There will be weekly film showings for 6 months which will give audiences the chance to view films they may not be able to access easily.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss the films, engage with other viewers socially and begin to build a positive support network. 
A word from our analysts

Work in relation to the Strategic Assessment of Community Safety 2016 is underway. The document this year will be shaped around the risk and harm associated with those areas identified as current threats to vulnerable adults, vulnerable young people and the wider community in the field of community safety in East Sussex.

It will incorporate information gleaned from those individuals who attended the Safer People, Safer Places event in May alongside relevant data and expert knowledge from lead officers.

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership
Hastings continues to experience high numbers of rough sleepers and street drinkers across the Borough. 

Cross partnership work between local police and a variety of council services has resulted in a small number of  this community being evicted from the beach and seafront areas.  Ongoing actions continue to manage the situation.

Additionally, an area of highway, adjoining the seafront and some chalets, has been occupied by individuals. These occupants and their vehicles have been progressively supported and enforced against to reduce the alarm and distress they are causing. A height barrier is being installed to prevent further incursions. 

Consultations are planned over the later part of the summer to gain support for the gating, using Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) of a small number of footpaths that are experiencing ASB related nuisance.

A Domestic Abuse awareness initiative, using Argos and Poundland receipts is currently underway in further expectation that domestic abuse continues to be reported and dealt with.

Ongoing liaison with the Safer Rother Partnership during the trial merger (mentioned in previous newsletters) has begun.  There are some indications of  joint working beginning to have a positive effect.

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 

PCC funding key roles to protect older people from fraud and cybercrime

Commenting on the ONS figures showing overall falls in crime while fraud and cyber crime has increased, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said:

“These figures confirm the concerns that my Elders’ Commission consultation identified amongst older people across Sussex. Cyber crime and fraud is a growing threat with fraudsters becoming more sophisticated, using technology to industrialise their attacks across international borders and targeting vulnerable older people in particular.

“We believe that there is still substantial under-reporting of fraud and cyber crime. Although scams are fraud and fraud is a crime, the word scam can imply foolishness on the part of the victim who, according to my Elders’ Commission report, is often too embarrassed to report that they have been targeted.

“Sussex Police’s Operation Signature has had a tremendous impact on raising awareness in particular of older people’s vulnerability to fraudsters. To further support Op Signature, I have this week agreed to fund a dedicated Vulnerable Person Caseworker to identify and protect those people most at risk.

“Over the coming months, my Elders’ Commission members will be working with Sussex Police to start a programme of risk assessments and advice talks across the county, to test if our senior citizens recognise the range of potential fraud threats, how to stay safe and who to report problems and suspicions to".

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
Hate Crime Action Plan 2016

This document sets out the Government’s plan for dealing with hate crime in England and Wales until May 2020.

The Action Plan will be reviewed in 2018 to ensure that the commitments within it are being delivered as expected.


Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures update Edition 3

The Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures have been updated to comply with the revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance, March 2016 and is available online via

One of the key changes relates to information regarding domestic abuse under the amended ‘what constitutes abuse and neglect’ section (2.5). The revised section outlines the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate and familial relationships.

The statutory guidance and further information can be found on the image adjacent.

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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