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Welcomes and Introductions
The Chair, Borough Commander Richard Wood welcomed all and introductions were made.
Declarations of Interest
There were none.
To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2014.
· Conrad Hollingsworth and Rosario Munday were present at the previous meeting and should be added in the minutes.
· The following information should be added to the note of the meeting held on 23 June 2014.
'The Voluntary Sector in Lambeth had been severely affected by the current economic climate and how they are able to respond to the growing needs of residents and communities. LVAC's free generic services had also unfortunately reduced considerably and LVAC were in the process of attempting to transform their business model, but this wasn't without its complexities and difficulties.
Subject to this, the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2014 were AGREED as an accurate record of the meeting.
Safer Neighbourhoods Board
Councillor Jane Edbrooke/Ann Corbett.
Marie Snelling, Director of Integrated Offender Management, Programmes and Neighbourhoods, at MOPAC attended the Executive for this item.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke introduced the item and updated the Executive on progress in setting up a Safer Neighbourhood Board in Lambeth. She suggested that:
· The first public Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting had been arranged for 18 November
· However, the 10 community places on the Board which were assigned to the Safer Neighbourhood Panels and to the Community Police Consultative Group had not been filled as, at this stage, neither organisation were content to participate in the SNB with its current terms of reference.
· Marie Snelling, on behalf of MOPAC, suggested that a stakeholder working group had worked collaboratively to finalise the Terms of Reference, although this was a challenging task. The way forward was for the SNB to start meeting, to elect its chair and then develop a plan to bring community representatives on board. It had been agreed that an annual ‘Crime Summit’ would be held at which community representatives would be elected.
· Ann Corbett reminded the Executive that considerable discussions had taken place between stakeholders, going right back to November last year and culminating in a 12 week consultation process in March and April this year. An ‘Extended Working Group’ of all the stakeholders had met three times between July and September and, only after this intensive process, had the terms of reference been signed off by a clear majority of the stakeholders. Ms Corbett reminded the Executive that the “door remained open” for all organisations that wished to take part and contribute to the safer neighbourhood board..
· It was noted that once the Board’s meeting was constituted, a decision on the 10 vacant places on the Board could be taken. Hopefully, once a board was constituted, it would gain momentum and attract membership.
Ann Corbett, Programme Director, Community Safety presented the Partnership Performance Report and noted that:
· The overall crime rate had fallen by 1% although the rate of reduction was slowing down.
· Further significant reductions had taken place for gun crime, robbery and burglary.
· However, violence with injury had significanty risen in the borough, mirroring significant rises across London.
· Domestic violence was over its target, perhaps reflecting success in achieving greater reporting and improving confidence. Similarly, there had been a very significant rise in rape and sexual offences, but, again, it was uncertain whether this reflected a ‘Yewtree’ effect of more historic cases coming forward as well as improved reporting.
· Chief Supt. Richard Wood, Chair, observed that violence was a key priority, particularly in the light of the rise in violence with injury. MPS were responding to this by rolling out Operation Equinox across the 32 London boroughs – focusing resources on night time economies in the ‘top 30’ wards across London..
· Chief Insp. Nick Collins, on behalf of MPS, noted that Kingston was a borough which had successfully controlled issues in its night time economy and that lessons from there might be applied to Lambeth. Currently, the focus was on Streatham, Brixton Town Centre, Clapham, Vauxhall and Southbank. He also reminded the Executive that partnership working between police, council and others was critical to address violence and other issues to reassure and maintain the confidence of residents.
· Ann Corbett informed the Executive of the results of the latest Council Residents Survey in October which indicated that whilst concern about crime had decreased it remained the number one concern of residents (as it has been in previous Residents Surveys). The new Survey, for the first time, presented greater detail about residents’ crime concerns and suggested that youth, violence and gangs was the greatest concern, followed by anti-social behaviour. The Survey indicated that residents wanted the Council to prioritise work to reduce crime and disorder.
· Kristian Aspinall, Lead Commissioner, noted that residents’ responses were being collated and information gathered through the surveys was being utilised to shape services in the borough through recommissioning, in particular, residents views on the council’s role to shape the borough and prevent crime.
· Councillor Edbrooke suggested that it was important to use this information to drive the reshaping of current services. Chris Law, for the Business Crime Reduction Partnership, added that street cleansing and environmental services also needed to be considered in this context.
· Sarah Richardson, for MOPAC, added that there was London-wide concern about the rise in violence with injury and noted that there was likely to be work to support areas with particular problems.
· Derrick Anderson, noted that it was probably more important to observe the trends in violence over time, rather than short term fluctuations in the absolute numbers of such cases.
Ann Corbett/Paul Dutton
Paul Dutton, Crime Reduction Programme Manager and Abdu Mohiddin, Consultant in Public Health, presented findings from a new Needs Assessment looking at evidence for patterns, trends and drivers of serious violence in Lambeth and presented recommendations from the study. They noted that:
· Using a public health model, violence could be treated like a ‘disease’ of communities. The study looked at the incidence of key risk factors that might increase a community’s susceptibility to serious violence; for example, issues in families and early childhood; delinquent peer group influences; the impact of social and cultural norms; impact of socio-health issues such as brain injury, poverty and so on.
· The study included an overview of the key risk factors that potentially lead to violence. analysis of crime patterns using MPS data for all recorded violent crimes in Lambeth in 2012/13. All violent crimes showed a long term downward trend over the previous 15 years, though Lambeth remains a borough with high levels of violence compared to the London and England averages. Robbery, running at eight times the national average, is an issue of particular significance in Lambeth. Domestic violence is flagged by police in 25% in all recorded offences of violence against the person.
· Looking at victims and offenders, the data showed that males in their 20s were most likely to be victims overall and that perpetrators were overwhelmingly male. However, the data showed important disparities in the male and female experience of violence, with women more likely to experience violence in domestic settings involving partners or relations and at the lower to mid levels of violence (harassment, common assault, assault with injury) while men were more likely to experience violence in public settings, at the hands of strangers, and at the more serious end – wounding/GBH and offences involving weapons. Women were overwhelmingly more likely to be victims of sexual violence. Victimisation of African-Caribbean women had emerged as a particular concern.
· In terms of age, although people in their 20s were most likely to be victims (and offenders), there were some important qualifications with robbery and knife offences having a younger age profile.
· This study also used health datasets alongside the crime data. This showed that ambulance call outs and admissions to hospital tended to be males with significant disproportionality for the 11-18 age group.
· Other data sources suggested that Lambeth performed worse than other boroughs in alcohol related crime and that social cohesion was rated worse in Lambeth with families struggling to gather appropriate social support.
· In addition to the quantitative research based on data, original qualitative research based on focus groups and depth interviews had been conducted. The research suggested people felt that Lambeth was a tolerant and inclusive borough, but there was concern about youth violence, gangs and knife crime. It was agreed that early intervention was key particularly around literacy and communication skills. Mental health, poverty and inequality were identified as major factors linked to violence.
· Finally, a Gap Analysis to compare the current pattern of service ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
Ann Corbett, Programme Director, Community Safety presented a report on the progress of the Prevent Programme to challenge and reduce the threat of violent extremism in Lambeth. She noted that:
· The overarching aim of PREVENT was to stop individuals from becoming radicalised.. There was a set of related risk factors. A recent TED Inspection in Birmingham had highlighted the important role of schools and educational establishments. The Prevent Coordinator and colleagues in Education were developing models for safeguarding and working with local schools, spurred by the issues recently revealed in some Birmingham schools. The recent incident of a Lambeth young person travelling to Syria to join so-called ‘Islamic State’ had illustrated how close to home this issue was as well as the impact of radicalisation on young women as well as families and communities.
· The Executive was asked to agree to the proposed action plan and receive regular updates on the work.
Members of the Executive raised a number of issues:
· Although work was ongoing with universities and colleges, were we satisfied about the situation in Lambeth, e.g. universities and other establishments
· Collaborative work was ongoing with primary and secondary schools as well as with prisons. There were links identified around gangs and risks regarding mental health.
It was noted that the government was minded to make PREVENT a statutory responsibility for public bodies
YOS Inspection Update
Ann Corbett, Programme Director Community Safety informed the Executive that:
· An unannounced inspection was conducted of the Youth Offending Service in September/October. The draft report on the findings of this investigation is due to be received in the week commencing 3 November.
· One issue that triggered the inspection was an increase in reoffending by the YOS cohort. This was coupled with a poor outcome of a similar inspection held in 2012.
· A number of areas were scrutinised as part of this investigation: reducing reoffending; risk of harm and protecting the public; safeguarding and wellbeing ensuring the sentence is served, governance and partnerships and an additional module interventions.
· The findings indicated that there had been progress since 2012, with the work of the YOS to ensure offenders served their sentences and this are was now rated as ‘good’.
· However, the other key areas were rated as ‘unsatisfactory’ and, although this represents improvement compared to 2012, it suggests there is still some way to go for the YOS on its improvement journey.
· The Inspectors noted that a wide range of interventions to support young people were in place i.e. weapons awareness courses etc.. However the evaluation of these interventions was critical..
· Improvements in risk management and the risk management panel were noted.
· Work force issues were a key concern. Recruiting and retaining qualified and experienced YOS staff was a particular challenge and stability of workforce issues needed to be addressed as a matter of priority.
In discussion, the Executive noted that:
· It was key to ensure that strategic concerns needed to be escalated.
· Reporting was also another area to be looked into.
The investigating team was impressed with the health and wellbeing initiatives and interventions that had been introduced in the service, for example, provision of an in-house GP service
Update on PDG and Governance
Kristian Aspinall, Lead Commissioner, informed the Board that:
· The Terms of Reference of the Partnership Delivery Group were being revised to make it more aligned to the changes that were taking place in the partnership framework and it had been renamed the Partnership, Performance and Resource Board accordingly. This Board would continue to sit below the Executive Board.
· Allocations of partnership resources, overseeing the performance of the partnership plans and holding agencies to account would be the main duties of the refreshed group. The new board would hold partners to account on behalf of the Executive Board.
· The element of operational delivery would be removed.
· There would also be permanent health representation on the board. Social services would also be represented.
· This would be a commissioning board.
Overall Financial Context and Commissioning Outline
Kristian Aspinall, Lead Commissioner, informed the Executive that:
· The council was facing reductions of 40% across its services. The total amount of reduction in the Council’s budget over the last 5 years was over 50%. In order to deal with this level of reduction, substantial changes had to be implemented – it wasn’t possible to take a traditional approach to the cuts.
· With regards to crime and disorder work stream, four main areas were being prioritised: refocussing services into neighbourhood based teams; violence against women and girls; gangs; and offender services.
· As a result of these reductions and the prioritisation, some services would be stopped completely. In order to deliver a service that was sustainable and effective, difficult decisions had ot be taken about other areas.
· There were two stages to this current process:
o Recommissioning of services: new services Were aiming to go live by April 2015.
o Shared Services and role of the community was also critical and were being considered for the longer term savings and changes necessary.
With the housing services provided by Lambeth Living being brought back in-house, this would offer opportunities to re-frame our anti-social behaviour services, with the creation of a single, seamless, service localised to the neighbourhood level.
Any other business
Councillor Edbrooke suggested that case studies needed to be conducted on the impact that mental health had on safety in the borough. She also added that there was no police representation on the Health and Well Being Board.
Councillor Meldrum suggested that there was concern around the issues on Brixton Road and it was important that work was done to resolve issues including drug dealing, street drinking and other forms of ASB.
Derrick Anderson suggested that collaborative conversations were critical.
This being his last meeting before retiring from Lambeth, the Chair, Borough Commander Richard Wood, thanked Derrick Anderson for his role over eight years on the Safer Lambeth Partnership and the significant improvements that had taken place during his tenure both in the Council and in the borough generally.
Derrick Anderson thanked the Executive and its members and extended his appreciation for their support. He introduced Guy Ware, Strategic Director of Enabling who, as interim Chief Executive, will act as Co-Chair for Safer Lambeth over the next six months.