Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Safer Stockton Partnership Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 25th March, 2014
Time:
9.30 a.m.
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Geoff Lee (Chairman), Miriam Sigsworth (YOS), Paul Noddings (Tristar), Mike Batty (SBC), Cllr Jim Beall (SBC), Steve Nelson (SBC), Ian Coates (Cleveland Police), Jeff Evans (Probation), Christine Goodman (Victim Support), Jane Humphreys (SBC), Richard Phelan (HMP Holme House) Paul Green (SBC), Caroline Wood (SBC), Julie Nixon (SBC), Emma Champley (SBC), Julie Nixon (SBC), Steve McCarten (SBC)
Officers:
Kerry Anderson, Steve Hume , Claire Sills, Vicky Hatton , Michael Henderson (SBC)
Apologies for absence:
John Bentley, Tina Williams, Cll Evaline Cunningham, Peter Kelly, Steve Rose, Lucia Saiger, Fred Gook
Item Description Decision
Public
SSP
136/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SSP
137/13
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 28 JANUARY 2014
 
SSP
138/13
MATTERS ARISING
(A) SUPPLY OF DATA ON ALCOHOL RELATED ADMSSIONS TO HOSPITALS (ITEM 3B REFERS)
(B) LOCALITY FORUMS - REPRESENTATION ON THE PARTNERSHIP (ITEM 4 REFERS)
(C) ARCC/FUTURE OF PROBATION (ITEM 13 REFERS)

 
SSP
139/13
LOCALITY FORUMS - REPORTS BACK
 
SSP
140/13
MINUTES OF SAFEGUARDING ADULTS COMMITTEE 29 JANUARY 2014
 
SSP
141/13
ANY OTHER BUSINESS - IDENTIFICATION ONLY
 
SSP
142/13
RECORDED CRIME & DISORDER
RESOLVED that the report and discussion be noted.
SSP
143/13
DAAT Q3 PERFORMANCE
RESOLVED that the information provided be noted and overview described above be provided to a future meeting.
SSP
144/13
PLANNED REPORTS 2014/15
RESOLVED that the report be noted and approved and the additional items identified be added to the plan.

SSP
145/13
COMMUNITY SAFETY PLAN 2014-2017
RESOLVED that the plan be noted.
SSP
146/13
CONTRIBUTION TO 'GIVE IT A GO' PROJECT
RESOLVED that responses to the concerns be collated and be forwarded to members and subject to the concerns being sufficiently addressed the contribution be made.
SSP
147/13
THRESHOLDS FOR ASB INTERVENTIONS
RESOLVED that the report be noted and following the work described above, this matter be considered at the Partnership's next meeting.
SSP
148/13
ALCOHOL AWARENESS PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
RESOLVED that this be considered at a future meeting of the Partnership.
SSP
149/13
PCC BUDGET 2014/15 - BUSINESS CASE FROM THE FOUR CSPS
RESOLVED that the business case be noted.
SSP
150/13
VIEWPOINT 35 - DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVEY
RESOLVED that the paper be noted.
SSP
151/13
DRAFT DOMESTIC ABUSE STRATEGY
RESOLVED that the draft Strategy and Action Plan be supported and any further comments be directed to Emma Champley directly
SSP
152/13
ADULT SAFEGUARDING PEER CHALLENGE
RESOLVED that the above approach be agreed.
SSP
153/13
SEX MARKETS IN TEESSIDE
RESOLVED that the report be received.
SSP
154/13
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE DVD
RESOLVED that the DVD be noted and a further discussion on Restorative Justice take place at a future meeting.
SSP
155/13
HATE CRIME
RESOLVED that the information be noted and the proposed approach to Hate Crime in Stockton as outlined in the report and above be noted.
SSP
156/13
REPORTS BACK
(A) LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
(B) DAAT GROUPS
- ADULTS & YOUNG PEOPLES COMMISSIONING GROUP
- REDUCING REOFFENDING AND HARM GROUP

 
SSP
157/13
DATE OF NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 6 MAY 2014 AT 9.30 A.M.
 
9.30/12.30

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SSP
136/13
There were no declarations of interest.
SSP
137/13
The draft minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2014 were agreed.
SSP
138/13
Supply of data on alcohol related admissions to hospital

This issue was the subject of regular discussions outside the meeting to try and address the problem and the Partnership would receive an update when progress had been made.

Locality Forums - representation on the Partnership

This matter was dealt with later on the agenda.

ARCC/Future of Probation

The Partnership received a further update on the future operation of the Probation, It was noted that Lucia Saiger would be a Director in the Super Region North East and Jeff Evans would be staying in Stockton,

The new arrangements would commence 1st June but there were still lots of work to do and it was unclear who would be attending what meetings. This still needed to be discussed.

SSP
139/13
It was noted that Catalyst would be working with the Community Sector to identify 4 representatives from the Locality Forums to attend Partnership meetings and feed in from and feedback to the Forums. There would be bi annual meetings where the forum representatives would receive updates on Community Safety issues. The Partnership welcomed the progress that had been made and the process that would allow effective two way dialogue, with the Community Sector, to now take place.
SSP
140/13
The minutes of the Safeguarding Adults Committee held on 29 January were noted.

It was explained that the Safeguarding Adults Peer Review had been completed and feedback had been positive. The Final Report would be submitted to the Partnership in due course.
SSP
141/13
There were no items of any other business.
SSP
142/13
The Partnership received a report that set out recoded crime and anti-social behaviour figures for April 2013 to February 2014 compared to the same time period in 2012/13 financial year for the Borough.

Members noted some of the key issues:-

• Public Crime in the Borough had reduced by 0.6%, equating to 59 fewer victims of crime.
• Total crime was showing a reduction of 1.6%, equating to 167 fewer crimes
• Projections were showing an annual decrease of 1.2%, which was 119 fewer crimes than last year
• Rape offences continued to show an increase, however, analysis of such crimes showed no patterns or evidence to suggest concerns with ‘stranger' rape.
• Shoplifting had improved on the first six months of the year, demonstrating that operation shadow was working well.
• ASB incidents showed an increase of 8.3% along with a projection of 9% for end March 2014.

It was noted that some of the shoplifting formally taking place in the Stockton Town Centre was migrating to other areas and this was being monitored and would be addressed using same tactics.

It was agreed that a breakdown of shoplifting, by area, would be e mailed to members.

Member noted that an item on Hate Crime would be presented to the Partnership in due course. The Commissioner was leading on Hate Crime and further discussion was needed on how the Community Safety Partnerships would be involved.

It was noted that there were arrangements to publicise the fact that recorded crime was lower than last year.
SSP
143/13
The Partnership received quarter 3 performance information in relation to Drugs and alcohol treatment.

Members considered the information provided.

The Partnership agreed that it would be useful to receive an overview of the terms used in within drugs and alcohol treatments and the current issues in this area.
SSP
144/13
Members were provided with a schedule detailing planned reports at meetings of the Partnership during 2014/15.

Members noted the planned reports and the other items identified

• Adult Peer Review Safeguarding Adults - May
• Hate Crime - future meeting
• HMI Domestic Violence - future meeting
• How IOMs are considered - Autumn
• Criminal Damage/Mischief Night/Bonfire Night - also to
October meeting
• CEO of CRC invited to June meeting
SSP
145/13
The Partnership was provided with a copy of the Community Safety Plan 2014/2017.

SSP
146/13
Members were reminded of the Give it a Go web application and were asked to agree a contribution of 2500 to support the further development and launch of the application.

Members raised a number of issues relating to the updating/management of the application.

It was agreed that responses to the concerns be sought and be circulated to members.
SSP
147/13
Members received an update on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013/14. The update included details of changes to the definition of ASB. The update also provided details of the Community trigger which was a mechanism for victims of persistent ASB to request that relevant agencies undertake a case review.

The Partnership discussed the update at length and the potential effects of the proposals in the Bill in terms of how ASB would be recorded and dealt with in Stockton and the associated resource implications.

Members noted a proposed threshold and procedure for activating the Community Trigger process for Stockton.

Members noted the points raised within paragraph 2.5 of the report. It was suggested that further work be undertaken on these points and be reported to the Partnership's next meeting, for consideration.
SSP
149/13
Members were provided with a copy of the business case for consideration of the PCC for the provision of funding to support the local delivery of community safety initiatives aimed at addressing local and key priorities identified within Community Safety Plans and the Police and Crime Plan 2013/17.
SSP
150/13
The Partnership received a paper that summarised the key findings of a viewpoint survey on domestic abuse to support the review of the Borough's Domestic Abuse Strategy.
SSP
151/13
Members received a report that provided them with an opportunity to comment on the draft Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2014/15 and to review the accompanying draft Action Plan for 2014/15.

Members were specifically asked to consider the appropriateness of the vision and the scope of the action plan and to identify any measures of success. Members could e mail any comments to Emma Champley.

The Partnership considered the report and identified a number of possible measures of success, including:

• Gender awareness - evidence of increased awareness in men
• Reduction of referrals to Child Protection
• Cost to NHS - assaults and injury
• Number of people accessing places of safety
• Cases that go to court/ convictions
• Case studies
• Customer satisfaction
SSP
152/13
It was explained that the feedback from the recent Adult Safeguarding Peer Challenge had made a suggestion that the Partnership considers vulnerable people as a priority.

The Partnership agreed that, within the introductory text of the Community Safety Plan 14/17 there would be a reference to prioritising the most vulnerable victims and noting that vulnerability would be addressed as most appropriate under each of the six priorities.
SSP
153/13
The Partnership received a report relating to research that had been carried out into Sex Markets in Teesside. A copy of the research report had been issued in February and Members were provided with the Executive Summary and findings specific to Stockton.
SSP
154/13
The Partnership watched a DVD which detailed a Case Study depicting a model of Restorative Justice and how it had benefited a previous perpetrator of crimes.

It was agreed that a further discussion of Restorative Justice would take place a meeting of the Partnership, later in the year.
SSP
155/13
Members received a report relating to Hate Crime and a proposed approach in Stockton as a result of changes introduced to improve hate crime reporting across the Tees. Details of the proposed approach were noted:

As part of the refreshed SBC approach the Stockton Hate Crime group recommend four key
SSP
156/13
There were no reports back
SSP
157/13
At the conclusion of the meeting the Chairman referred to the impending retirement of Mike Batty, Head of Community Safety at Stockton Borough Council. The Chairman, personally, and on behalf of all members, paid tribute to the support Mike had provided to the Partnership. Mike was presented with a gift that would serve as a reminder of the successes he had achieved during his association with the SSP.

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