Agenda Item No. 7
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 15th January 2014
Report of the Director of Development Services
Safer Vale Partnership Progress Report 2012/2013
Purpose of the Report
1. To report on the Vale of Glamorgan progress for April 2012 - March 2013.
1. THAT Committee note the progress of the Safer Vale Partnership.
Reason for the Recommendation
1. To apprise Members of the progress of the Safer Vale Partnership and to ensure that Committee are able to fulfil its statutory role of scrutinising partnership action to reduce crime and disorder and the fear of crime.
2. The Safer Vale Partnership was established in 1999. The Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue, Health Services, Wales Probation Service, the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services are all key partners.
3. In 2009 the Safer Vale Partnership co-located the community safety teams for the Council and Police at Barry Fire Station. The teams are still based at Barry Fire Station with the addition of Victim Support, and the Corporate Partnership Team.
4. Community Safety is recognised within the Community Strategy for the Vale of Glamorgan as a key priority in ensuring that the Vale is a safe place to live, work and visit, free from crime and the fear of crime.
5. Community Safety issues are captured within the Vale of Glamorgan's Unified Needs Assessment which enables work to be prioritised correctly and to monitor the success/areas of concern are recorded.
Relevant Issues and Options
6. The Safer Vale Partnership has been successful in leading on crime and disorder reduction initiatives which has resulted in a 9.2% reduction in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12.
7. The Safer Vale Partnership priorities are Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Anti Social Behaviour and Hate Crime, Integrated Offender Management, PREVENT and Community Engagement and progress made are appended for information (Appendix 1).
8. In order to demonstrate the impact of Safer Vale has on the community, statements and quotes have been included by members of the public highlighting the benefits of the services they have received.
9. During 2012/13 the Partnership took the decision to be more transparent to the public and to be victim focused. One of the new developments is the introduction of the Victims Champion for Anti Social Behaviour and Hate Crime. From June 2012 - March 2013, 898 victims were contacted of which 270 were provided specialist support. 15 volunteers were recruited in order to assist the Anti Social Behaviour Unit.
10. In November 2012 the elections took place for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) that replaced Police Authorities. Alun Michael was elected as PCC for South Wales. The Safer Vale Partnership works in partnership with the PCC and his team in order to enhance current delivery and to pilot new initiatives.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
11. Funding continues to be a concern for the Safer Vale Partnership with funding being withdrawn and opportunities for funding reducing. This has impacted on the flexibility of the Partnership in terms of community projects that are funded.
12. Funding for 2012/13 projects and post has been met by the following:
· Home Office - Crime Reduction and Anti Social Behaviour Fund (CRASB), IDVA funding.
· Welsh Government - Safer Communities Funding (SCF), Domestic Abuse Grants and Substance Misuse Action Fund (SMAF).
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
13. Community Safety initiatives can assist in creating sustainable communities.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
14. Initiatives funded are in accordance with the Council's statutory duty contained within section 5 and 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Council has a duty to review and monitor the effectiveness of its strategy.
Crime and Disorder Implications
15. The projects and initiatives that are completed by the Safer Vale Partnership drive the reduction in crime and disorder within the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
16. The consultation process to develop initiatives involves all statutory partners including voluntary representatives and some members of the public.
17. Different methods of engagement are being developed and tried in order to maximise opportunities for hard to reach groups.
18. All leaflets and information is available to the public in the Welsh medium on request.
19. The information from the survey will be used in order to work within the Corporate Community Safety and Wellbeing objectives ' To make the Vale a safe and healthy place in which individuals, children and families can live their lives to the full'.
Policy Framework and Budget
20. This report is matter for consideration and information.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
21. This report is not ward specific.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
22. Housing and Public Protection.
Safer Vale Partnership Progress Report 2012/2013
Deborah Gibbs - Safer Vale Manager
Principal Lawyer, Legal Services
Senior Accountancy Technician, Finance
Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services