|The following appointments were made by the Partnership:-|
Appointment of Chair - Geoff Lee
Appointment of Vice Chair - Jane Humphreys
Representatives on Stockton Renaissance - Superintendent Dave Brunskill and Ian Harrington
Representative on Childrens Fund Panel - Miriam Robertson
Representative on Parkfield/Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Board - Chief Inspector Ted Allen
|The Home Office raised the matter of the Hate Crime Action Plan and reported that there would be an event in Newcastle on 6th November regarding this matter to raise awareness and share good practice.|
There would be a pre christmas campaign for BALANCE.
The Alcohol Awareness week would be 19th - 25th October.
There was a workshop on Community Confidence at the Thistle Hotel on 22 October, 2009.
|NEPACS was a long standing charity established in 1882 in the North East which ran prison visitor centres, tea bars, play sessions for prisoners children, provided caravan holidays for families and administered hardship grants. |
It was reported that 162,000 children were affected by their parents going into prison. Following a parent going into prison research had shown that 25% were cared for by Grandparents, 29% by family and friends, 12% were fostered or adopted, 9% stayed with their fathers, and 5% remained in their own home.
The service would like to expand to work more in the community as a lot of the support was provided within the prison or by telephone to the families.
There were currently 52 paid staff (mainly part-time) that were employed by SLA's.
Jane Humphreys stated that the organisation could look into linking with children's centres and schools to develop possible links for Stockton Children.
It was requested that any of the partners that may be able to offer any advice or support to contact Helen Attewell.
|It was reported that Dr Brendan Olding, Birchtree Practice, was working towards the minimising harm agenda and getting people through the drug treatment process.|
Discussion was held on the services for Hepatitis C patients, there was presently a service at the University Hospital of James Cook which received encouraging feedback. There was also a service at North Tees but unfortunately the feed back for this service was negative. It was felt that a service in Lawson Street would be advantageous.
A Children's Worker had been employed to work alongside child protection cases.
The CRI Director, David Bamford, was in attendance to provide detail on the Service. The principles for Stockton were as follows:-
Reintegrate into the community
Clients empowered to set goals and car plans
Abstinence an option
Tackling Offender behaviour
Carers and Family Support
The Service works in partnership with a number of different organisations such as:-
Vision - complex needs
Stimulant Outreach Service
STAR - abstinence goals
CJIT - Offending behaviour
The Service would also be working with the Prolific Offender Team.
The process was detailed for different types of users together with the aftercare routes that were available.
The Service would be launched next Wednesday at William Street, Stockton.
Tina Williams, Central Area Partnership Board, requested that further work be done to gradually reduce levels of medication for drug addicts as it was felt that many did not want to come off the medication and were in treatment for a long time.
|Members were provided with a report that set out the recorded crime figures and anti social behaviour disorder codes for April - July 2009 compared with April - July 2008. Figures for Most Serious Violence figures were April - August. Members were pleased to see the reduction in crime and felt that it was due to close partnership working.|
|Members were provided with the National Treatment Agency on adult drug treatment plan progress - 2009/10. Members discussed the pilot scheme in Darlington where heroin was being provided as a treatment and requested a report on the results of this pilot scheme.|
|Members were provided with a copy of the Youth Justice Plan Quarter 1 (April-June 2009).|
|Members were provided with a report that provided analysis of the changes in local and national crime figures between 1998/99, the year in which the Partnership was established, and 2008/09. During that period the population of Stockton-on-Tees grew by 6.7% and the population of England and Wales grew by 5.3%.|
Over the same period, the reduction for overall crime rates were as follows:
Stockton - REDUCED by 22.8%
England & Wales - REDUCED by 12.6%
Further detail was broken down for Members information.
|Members were provided with a copy of the alcohol strategy 'Stockton Calls Time on Alcohol Harm' 2009-2012.|
The strategy was still in draft form and was provided for Members comments. John Bentley was not in attendance but had provided comments through Marilyn Davies.
It was anticipated that the strategy would be launched in November.
|At our meeting on 4th August we discussed the current situation with the Partnership Investment Plan and in particular the under spend which is projected as £8,005. Members were asked to submit details of proposals of how we should spend this money.|
Three proposals had been submitted:
- £1,000 to place a full page or two half pages advert in Stockton News to assist with our providing reassurance agenda.
- Replace all signs for Designated Public Places Orders to control the misuse of drinking alcohol in each town centre across the Borough. For plastic signs the cost was £3,047 and for recycled plastic it was £3,187.
- Engage consultants to deliver Problem Solving training to partner agencies. A number of e mails have been sent to Probation, Police, DAAT, Fire and THL and a positive response has been received to this proposal. The training would cost £2,500 for a two day course. Accommodation and catering costs will add a further £500 Giving a total cost of £3,000
- Due to receiving numerous complaints about the shelter under Victoria Bridge which was being used by both alcohol and drug substance mis users. We are proposing that access be temporarily blocked using a metal grid. It was proposed that the remainder of this money £818 be used as a contribution to this work.
Neighbourhood Watch requested funding towards the Junior Neighbourhood Watch project, they would like £800 towards uniform and other equipment.
|Since 1998 the Safer Stockton Partnership had carried out four cycles of consultation with local people about the priorities on which the Community Safety Plan for the borough should be based, and we have steadily increased response numbers as follows:|
1998 - 150
2001 - 1,500
2004 - 2,500
2007 - 4,000
The third Partnership Strategic Assessment would help to direct the content of the audit document. This would be completed in January 2010 and would identify any emerging trends, ongoing issues and areas of concern. Given our current focus on the providing reassurance agenda the PSA would also provide valuable analysis on this key area of work.
The target for Audit 2010 was 5,000. Within that it was anticipated that a range of responses from marginalised groups and areas would be as follows:
a) Increase total responses to 5,000
b) Ensure we receive responses of at least 10 per thousand per ward, in particular from wards with higher levels of crime and anti social behaviour and above average levels of fear of crime.
c) To increase responses from the BME population to above 5% of the population. In 2007 we achieved 3%.
d) To maintain responses from the 16 - 34 age group (sometimes defined as hard to reach) at 19%, the response rate in 2007 was 18.7%.
Interim costs for the production and delivery of the Audit document were approximately £30,000 a slight increase on projections from 2007. It was proposed that we use the same formula used in previous rounds as detailed within the report.
|During the Summer the Home Office had produced three documents which related to the Prolific and Other Priority Offender Schemes. Members were provided with a paper that highlighted some of the key issues and recommendations from those reports which need to be acknowledged by the Safer Stockton partnership and their stakeholders.|
It was fair to reflect that the guidance issued within these documents had been embedded into the current practice and the partnership was continually exploring new working practices to reduce re-offending.
|The Council was currently consulting on a revised version of its Statement of Licensing Principles in relation to the Gambling Act. The consultation draft was provided to Members and any comments on the document should be forwarded to:-|
Principal Licensing Officer
PO Box 232
16 Church Road
|Further to the report that was brought to members on 12th May 2009 this report provides an update on the process that would be used for CCfA in Stockton.|
Members would recall that section 119 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 introduced provisions to provide council members with the opportunity to ask for discussions at scrutiny committees on issues where local problems had arisen and where other methods of resolution had been exhausted. This sits alongside a similar provision introduced in the Police and Justice Act 2006. Both sets of provisions came into force in April of this year.
The Councils Executive Scrutiny committee approved a process for dealing with submissions covering both provisions on 28th July 2009.
The Executive Scrutiny Committee would act as the depository for all CCfAs, consider the information supplied by the councillor, accept or reject the CCfA and, if approved would then refer it to the Housing and Community Safety Committee. If the issue was not a straightforward community safety matter but involves a mixture of crime and disorder and other matters the chairs of other relevant committees will co-opted onto the committee in a non voting capacity. Relevant parties would also be asked to attend the meeting.
A proforma had been developed that would be used to instigate a call for action.
|An update would be received from GONE with regard to the recent events in Harrow.|
|Members were provided with a list of press releases from SSP for the period of the 1st August 09 to 3rd September 2009. Copies of the full articles were available from the Community Safety Team.|
|Members were informed that Kelly Hopkins had left the Parkfield/Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Board. There were no other updates.|