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Agenda Item No. 8

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 15th January 2014

 

Report of the Director of Development Services

 

Safer Vale Partnership Quarter 2 Monitoring Update 2013/14

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To appraise Members of the progress towards strategic community safety performance monitoring for Quarter 2 2013/14.

Recommendation

That Committee note the update with regards to community safety performance.

Reason for the Recommendation

To apprise Members on 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.

Background

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.         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.

4.         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.  Targets are taken from the Unified Needs assessment and then used to monitor performance.

5.         Performance figures are cumulative.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.         Serious Sexual Offences - Actual 46.  (Information is for performance monitoring only) There has been a rise of 31.4% reported incidences against the same period last year, this could be down to a number of campaigns which has given victims the confidence to report incidents and receive the support needed from the voluntary sector.

Community Engagement

7.         Number of press releases - Target 50 - Actual 35.  30% under target.

The number of Safer Vale releases has decreased within Quarter 2 for a variety of reasons. 

The summer period has been exceptionally busy for the team with the volume referrals in relation to anti social behaviour (ASB) increasing and staff shortages.  Key press releases completed in Qtr 2 focused on Victim Support services and Deaf PACT.

8.         Number of Safer Vale messages sent out to the community - Target 50 - Actual 61 22% over target.

The Community Engagement Officer continues to use the Safer Vale website, community messaging, Twitter, TREV (The Reassurance Engagement Vehicle) etc. to provide members of the community information on community safety related issues.  Within Quarter 2 TREV has been to the following locations:

·           Rhoose Airport

·           Saint Brides

·           Rhoose

·           Colcot Community Centre

·           Vale Show

·           Lolo Park

·           Barry College

·           Llandough Hospital

·           Rhoose PACT

·           Barry Fire Station

·           St Luke's Penarth.

Domestic Abuse

9.         Domestic Abuse police reported incidents have undergone a change in how they are recorded.  In the future the incident will be collected by the public on an automated system which will ensure that information is more accurate.  However work on improving awareness and data collection from different agencies is progressing. 

10.      The Vale of Glamorgan Council launched the Domestic Abuse Work Place Policy during Quarter 2.  In addition training has been provided for senior managers in order to understand the impact of Domestic Abuse and what support is available.  It is planned that an online e-learning package will also be developed in order to be rolled out to all staff.

Substance Misuse

11.      Number of individuals exiting drug or alcohol treatment as a positive closure - 76 individuals (baseline year). This represents 64.9% of all clients closed, and demonstrates that service users are being directed to the correct service. The APB will continue to monitor this, targeting improvements over the coming year as new services come on board. The new Aftercare service will enable earlier closure, and positive outcomes for service users. (Base line year)

12.      During Quarter 2 there were a number of issues raised in relation to discarded drug litter across the Vale.  Analysis continues to be completed, however no trend or hotspot area has been identified.  The Community Engagement Co-ordinator continues to publicise information of what actions members of the public could take if they find drug litter.

13.      Work has been carried out to review the Criminal Justice pathway.  Additional health care specific to substance misuse has been identified as a priority that will assist individuals and provide transitional support into the community.  Work is planned for Quarter 3 in order to plan this service and to ensure it meets local needs.

14.      Two new services were advertised for tender during Quarter 2.  The Open Access and Engagement Service and the Through Care Aftercare and Recovery Service will be commissioned during Quarter 3 with the services operational by April 2014.

Incidents of Criminal Damage Target 606 - Actual 569 (6.1%) under target

15.      There has been a continued reduction in the levels of criminal damage in the Vale.  Engagement in local parks and perceived areas of anti social behaviour using the V-Pod and the Vale Youth Street Team has had a positive effect on local young people.

Anti Social Behaviour

Stage

Under 18s

Over 18s

Total

Target

1  (first time letters)

220

261

490

47.6% over target

2  (Visits undertaken)

58

54

112

1.8% over target

3  (ABCs issued)

9

10

19

5% under target

4 (ASBO)

0

0

0

 

 

16.      From April 1st 2013 - September 30th 2013 there has been an increase in Stage 1 letters being sent by 27.9% compared to the same period in 2012.  In particular youth ASB saw a dramatic increase between Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 with an increase of 72.2%.  However on a positive note the reduction between Stage 1 and 2 has continued to reduce.

17.      The reasons for the increase can be attributed to the following:

·           Increase in community awareness regarding how to report ASB.

·           Increase in community requests for action via Elected Members

·           Increase number of CSO (Community Safety Officer) via WG funding - increase in patrols in the Vale.

·           Weather was very good over the summer period, which increased the number of people socialising.

·           Increase number of agencies and departments referring ASB to the anti social behaviour unit - therefore the figures are reflecting all ASB and not police reports only.

Victim Support Service

18.      Number of referrals to the victim support ASB and Hate Crime Service - actual 676 (Base line year).  Working as part of the ASB Unit the Victims Champion has made contact with every victim of ASB of Hate Crime.   The support offered includes emotional, practical and also provides information on developments with the case. 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

19.      Funding for 2013/14 projects and posts has been met by the following:

·           Police and Crime Commissioner Partnership Funding.

·           Welsh Government - Youth Crime Prevention Fund, Domestic Abuse Grants and Substance Misuse Action Fund (SMAF).

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

20.      None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

21.      Initiatives funded are in accordance with the Councils statutory duty contained within section 5 and6 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

22.      The projects and initiatives that are completed by the Safer Vale Partnership drives the reduction in crime and disorder within the Vale of Glamorgan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

23.      The consultation process to develop initiatives involves all statutory partners including voluntary representatives and some members of the public.

24.      Different methods of engagement are being developed and tried in order to maximise opportunities for hard to reach groups.

25.      All leaflets and information is available to the public in the Welsh Medium on request.

Corporate/Service Objectives

26.      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

27.      This report is matter for consideration and information.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

28.      This report is not ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

29.      Housing and Public Protection.

Background Papers

N/A

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs - Safer Vale Manager

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

 

 

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