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Community Safety Monthly Update - May 2017
(Issue 32)

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

Offending - Transforming Women's Justice
Brighton Women's Centre

Communities Fund

Ministry of Justice Whole System Approach for Female Offending Funding

Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls
'Ask me' pilot

Domestic Violence and Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls newsletter
Think, Protect, Connect workshops
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 
Fraud in Sussex

Other Useful Resources
Family Safety Week - 2nd to 5th May 2017


Offending - Transforming Women's Justice

Brighton Women's Centre

The Corston Report published 10 years ago in response to the alarming numbers of women dying in prison recognised that most women who go to prison have not committed a violent crime.  Corston recommended women in custody should be referred to women's centres for support and supervision in the community to receive help for problems such as addiction, mental illness, homelessness and domestic violence.

Sussex has a long history of investing in specialist support for female offenders through the Brighton Women’s Centre Inspire initiative. Inspire was established in direct response to the Corston Report. 

The Ministry Of Justice Data Lab have recently published a report on the outcomes for women who have participated in the Inspire programme. They looked at the re-offending behaviour of 44 women who were supported by the programme after receiving a community sentence. The overall results were positive and showed that those women who received support had a lower frequency of re-offending than those who did not. The data lab did conclude a larger sample would need to be analysed in order to determine the direction of the difference in the number of people who commit a proven re-offence during one year after release.

Communities Fund

The Safer East Sussex Team has been involved in the development of two successful funding bids to develop Female Offender Services.

The Team submitted a bid to the Communities Fund in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Brighton Women’s Centre on behalf of the Joint Strategic Reducing Reoffending Group. As a result we have been issued a grant of £67,878 to further support the pan Sussex Women’s Diversionary Project by extending it to Hastings and Rother Custody Suite.

The project is designed so that women can be identified in Police Custody and where possible have contact with a Women’s Support Worker (WSW) in custody who works at a crucial time to develop a trusting relationship with the woman which simultaneously challenges and supports. Each woman works closely with her WSW to develop a support plan that includes practical and therapeutic interventions that reduce her risk of reoffending.

The University Of Surrey are conducting an independent evaluation of the project, establishing whether Inspire support workers within police custody will improve women’s engagement with support services in the community post-release and compare outcomes for the cohorts in both Surrey and Sussex.  

The study will conclude in the autumn.

Ministry Of Justice Whole System Approach for Female Offenders Funding

Sussex is one of 6 regions across the country to be successful in gaining a grant of almost £194,000 over the next three years from the Ministry Of Justice Whole System Approach for Female Offenders Funding.

The whole system approach to female offenders is to assess a woman’s needs at her first contact with the criminal justice system, and to provide holistic support throughout her justice journey. Through early intervention when a woman first comes into contact with the police, the aim is to divert appropriate low-level offenders out of the justice system into support to address needs that may be underlying her offending. For other women, we hope that by providing holistic support throughout the offender journey, we will see fewer women serving short custodial sentences, and reoffending.

In Sussex the grant will be used to better understand what is needed to assess and address the needs of these women at an early stage and provide wide-reaching support that can make all the difference in diverting them from crime by working across local public and third sector organisations.

For more details contact

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

'Ask Me' pilot
Do you want to help end domestic abuse in your community? Then read on.
We know that for survivors of domestic abuse, speaking out is very difficult. There is a lot of shame and stigma attached to domestic abuse. To help change that, there is a new pilot scheme running locally called ‘ask me’. Ask me is run in partnership with East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership, the specialist domestic abuse service, cgl and Women’s Aid. ‘ask me’ will provide free domestic abuse training to people living in East Sussex to become 'ask me ambassadors'. The ambassadors will be trained to respond helpfully to a disclosure of domestic abuse, and to know where to signpost people for help.

We want all kinds of different people and organisations to become ‘ask me’ ambassadors. Bar staff, hairdressers, community centre workers, dentists, and local people involved in community groups.  If that sounds like you or your business, then we want you to get involved. For more information, click here or email

Together, we can end domestic abuse #askme #ChangethatLasts

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

For more information on the partnership's work around domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and violence against women and girls, there is now a bi-monthly newsletter which aims to provide regular e-news, including national, regional and local updates and information for local champions. 

The latest issue can be found here.

Click on the image to sign up for regular updates.

Think, Protect, Connect workshops

David Law is the Prevent Project Support Officer for the Safer East Sussex Team.  In his current role David has been involved in Staff Training in relation to the Prevent Duty training to teachers in over 100 schools as well as council staff. 

He is now running the six session Think, Protect, Connect workshops for young people in Special needs & primary schools. These have been positively evaluated by teachers. These workshops aim to create a safe space for discussion of Prevent related issues and explore identity, group belonging, terrorism, British Values, equality issues, stereotyping, propaganda and grooming on the internet.  

David is now able to offer these workshops; ideally to Key Stage 2 of interested Schools, within East Sussex. Each workshop is 45 mins duration. In appreciation of the time constraints many schools face then he also offers  a one hour condensed version of the workshops lesson is also available for secondary schools of any year group. Workshops have been advertised via the Virtual School Bag.

These workshops are designed to promote young people to think about the issues and the emphasis is not on extremism, hate crime, radicalisation and terrorism, but on our own identity, tolerance, equality issues and how to recognise manipulation particularly via the internet.

For more details, contact
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.

The Public Space Protection Order consultation is now complete. A combination of  banning street drinking and prohibiting the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances in the town centres of Hastings, Hastings Old Town and St Leonard's is to be agreed in May with  instigation in early June.  Aggressive begging and reducing antisocial behaviour are also  included.  Supporting agencies in Hastings are drawing up plans to  enhance coordination when faced with members of the street community.  

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

Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner 

Fraud in East Sussex

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that fraud is affecting more UK residents than any other type of crime. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year ending December 2016, fraud affected eight in every 100 adults which means, according to the ONS, “this type of crime was one of the most prevalent when compared with other offence types measured by the survey”.

For further information click here.  You can also sign up for the PCC's weekly email newsletter
Other Useful Resources
Family Safety Week - 2nd to 5th May 2017

Accidents are the biggest killer of children and young people. Every week at least one child under five is killed because of an accident, with disadvantaged children most at risk. Yet it doesn't have to be like this.

Family Safety Week 2017 focuses on protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community — babies, toddlers and children under five. Whether you're a parent or carer, a grandparent, a health visitor, a nursery nurse, or a company director.  

Click here for facts, tips, advice and resources to help you keep under-fives safe at home and on the move.
Our current priorities for 2017-20

Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading associated with Serious Organised Crime
Serious Organised Crime: Cyber crime
Vulnerable Young People being exploited and recruited by Organised Crime Groups
Serious Organised Crime: Modern Slavery
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