Agenda and minutes

Community Safety Partnership
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 10:30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Dagenham

Contact: Riley Cullum, Policy and Partnerships Officer, Civic Centre, Dagenham  Telephone - 020 8227 2244, Fax - 020 8227 2806 / e-mail -  riley.cullum@lbbd.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

45.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Jenny Beasley  Drug and Alcohol Action Team, LBBD

Ann Bristow   Head of Adult and Community Services,

  LBBD

Roger Luxton   Head of Children’s Services, LBBD

Carina Heckroodt   London Probation Service (Olympic House)

Rob Whiteman   Chief Executive, LBBD

Moira Wilkinson  CVS / CEN

Jan Scott  CVS / CEN

ManishaModhvadia CVS/CEN

John Chadwick  Government Office for London

Len Duvall  Metropolitan Police Service

Nick Hancock  MPS

Daniel James  DAAT (LBBD)

46.

Declaration of Interests

Members of the Sub-Group are asked to declare any personal or prejudicial interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

None declared

47.

`Minutes (25 September 2007)

Minutes:

Agreed

48.

Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) Budget

Minutes:

Ivan Calder gave a verbal report on the DAAT Budget up to end December 2007

 

Budget

Opening Budget

Projected Year End

Adult Pooled Treatment Budget Substance Misuse

1,792,858

Break even

Drug strategy

57,547

5,000 overspend

DIP

273,407

Break even

Base funding

528,310

56,000 underspend

SSCF

77,400

Break even

Young persons grant

211,489

Break even

Total

2,941,011

 

 

It was noted that in addition to the nearly £3m budget for drugs and alcohol treatment the PCT has also provided funding.  Due to funding constraints budgets will reduce by £500,000 over the coming three years unless performance improves.  At the same time discussions are ongoing with the PCT to increase the numbers getting into treatment so there will be increasing pressure and demand on funding.  Overall a shortfall of £163,000 is currently projected for 2008-09 financial year. 

 

Ivan was asked to keep the Partnership members advised of the financial status and budget projections.

 

49.

Adult Treatment Plan and Performance Information

Minutes:

Ivan Calder presented the Adult Treatment Plan which covers four main areas and mirrors the main themes of the national strategy.  As a result of Ivan’s presentation there was discussion with regard to his report and:

 

  • It was noted that 77% retention has been achieved. 

 

  • With regard to target 1.2 (all drug users being in effective treatment) the target is 572 and at present 545 are in treatment.  Guy Swindle suggested that it would be beneficial to look at this target in relation to the LAA and to reassess if the 572 is a realistic level.

 

  • It was agreed that Ivan should provide an Action Plan to the Board and subsequently report quarterly on progress.

 

  • Hilary Ayerst advised that whilst the number of single handed practices is reducing new practices will be opening.

 

  • In relation to DIP intensive and custody suite testing, Tracey Goodhewwill go back to the Home Office for clarification in writing of the funding position.  Councillor Rush stressed that the Partnership is committed to this and had moved budgets / funding to prepare for this but the Partnership could not continue to fund or deliver this work without additional funding.

 

  • Further discussion needs to be held with service users.

 

  • The Partnerships / LAA is being reviewed and Guy Swindle will provide and update in due course.

 

The Partnership endorsed and agreed the Adult Drug Treatment Plan 2008/09.

50.

Young People's Needs Assessment

The “Young People’s Needs Assessment” document has been circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

Ivan Calder presented a report on the DAAT Drug Treatment Plan 2008-09.  Ivan advised that there is clearly a gap between the number of drug users and those in treatment, and work needed to be undertaken with regard to referrals and recommendation routes, for example services need to be more visible. 

 

To fund an average service would cost £167,000, however both the outreach service and education needs to be increased. 

 

Meena Kishinani would investigate how the funding is being spent and to ensure it is being spent in the best way.  It will be necessary to also look at more strategic actions to identify how we can improve early interventions through work with the Children’s Trust.

 

The Adult and Community Services DeptTransitions Team were commended on the good work that was being undertaken to ensure that young people are not being lost to the programmes when moving into adult hood.

51.

Drug Strategy

The papers for this item have been circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

Ivan Calder presented the HMG strategy documents ‘Drugs: protecting families and communities’.  Following discussion the Partnership agreed that that:

 

  • Treatment was an important part of this strategy, as increased and better access to treatment which will ultimately enable individuals to move towards stable environment and lifestyles.

 

  • It welcomed the holistic approach of looking at the effect of young people and families and mechanisms for supporting families as a unit of health.

 

  • There is a redress of balance between education, enforcement and seizure. 

52.

Alcohol Strategy

Minutes:

Ivan Calder reported that the outcome of the bid is still awaited.

 

Darren Henaghan advised that the Licensing Policy is due for review and issues such as inappropriate drink promotions and sales to the underage have been raised as concerns by LBBD Councillors. 

 

The review will need to look at anti-social behaviour and dispersal orders, although there was some concern that dispersal from town centres will push to problem to the small shopping parades. 

53.

Local Area Agreement

Minutes:

The Council’s Head of Partnerships and Communications presented a report detailing the current position in relation to the development of the Borough’s revised Local Area Agreement.

 

Discussions with lead partners were held early in the year to derive a ‘long list’ of potential indicators to deliver the outcome priorities set out in the LAA ‘flower model’. These were discussed with the Government Office for London (GOL) at the Public Service Board in February, and a revised list, comprising 31 indicators, was subsequently developed.

 

The document had now reached the final negotiating stage and the Chief Executive had written to GOL outlining the Council’s proposals and visions for the Borough, and stating which indicators the Council wanted to include and also those it didn’t.

 

In response to a question concerning the use of the term ‘police and the Council’ instead of ‘partnership, the Sub-Group noted that the definitions were not negotiable.

54.

Community Confidence and Satisfaction

Minutes:

Dave Reede advised that the internal survey undertaken by the police indicates that the public’s perception is that crime in the area is falling and satisfaction levels with the police are up. 

 

However, there seems to be some problem with the public believing that the police deal with issues that cause concern to local people.  Even though the local residents know what work is being done locally, media coverage, in areas such as terrorist threat and youths on streets, was possibly having an unfair effect on the public’s perception rather than their true experience following involvement or witnessing of incidents. 

 

There was a need to ensure that the work being done by individual agencies is clearly defined as the Neighbourhood Management develops to ensure that it is reflected clearly in the individual agencies surveys. 

 

Councillor Rush felt that it was also important to ensure better press of the intergenerational projects that are taking place, possibly by the participants themselves.

 

It was AGREED to set up a fixed term Working Group look into the complex issue of public satisfaction and confidence issue.  Dave Reed would put together some draft Terms of Reference for consideration at the next meeting.

 

55.

Barking and Dagenham Policing Plan

Minutes:

Dave Reed presented a report from which it was noted that the police have taken the opportunity to look at their internal structure.  It was stressed that the new structure is to meet the needs and concerns of the residents of the Borough and not the needs of the police as an organisation. 

 

Within the proposed new structure the police have allocated a named officer to each APAC.  Dave Reed asked the partners to contact him if there are any key areas that are not clearly identified or do not meet the partnership needs.

56.

Domestic Violence Strategy

Minutes:

Received a presentation from Helen Oliver, the Council’s Domestic Violence and Hate Crime Manager, on the draft Barking and Dagenham Domestic Violence Strategy.  The Barking and Dagenham Strategy builds on the London-wide strategy, focusing on particular issues within the Borough, and its main aim is “To reduce the incidents of domestic violence and to prevent domestic violence related homicides in Barking and Dagenham”

 

The presentation highlighted the key factors linking domestic violence and young people, both on a national and local level, including:

 

·  Nationally, 75% of children that live with domestic violence are on the ‘at risk’ register;

·  A study in east London showed that 15% of women attending primary care were subjected to violence during their pregnancy, with 40% reporting that the violence started when they were pregnant;

·  Young people are more likely to experience sexual violence than any other age group.

 

Ms Oliver went on to highlight some of the barriers that young people face in tackling domestic violence and elaborated on the Strategy’s six key themes:

 

(i)  Increase choices for victims of domestic violence

(ii)  Hold perpetrators accountable

(iii)  Raise awareness of domestic violence

(iv)  Educate children and young people

(v)  Raise domestic violence priority with practitioners

(vi)  Aftercare for victims of domestic violence

 

The Sub-Group noted that the draft Strategy had already been subject to extensive consultation and that the Domestic Violence Forum had been a key contributor.  A Strategic Group had also been established to take forward the tasks contained within the Strategy’s Action Plan and progress would be overseen by the Safer and Stronger Communities LSP Sub-Group.  It was also acknowledged that domestic violence costs the Borough an estimated £82 million a year and it was necessary to ensure that all resources are directed effectively.

 

The Chair thanked Ms Oliver for her excellent presentation and conveyed the Sub-Group’s appreciation for all the work that has gone into the Strategy.

57.

Strategic Assessment: Action Plans Progress

Minutes:

Glynis Rogers, Head of Community Safety and Preventative Services, reported that at the November 2007 meeting / half away day of the Sub-Group, the partnership had considered the Borough’s second Strategic Assessment for the period January-June 2008.

 

The partnership decided on seven priority areas for action:

 

Theft of Motor Vehicle incl. theft of metal

ASB in Local Neighbourhoods incl. Public perception of Safety

Priority Crime Neighbourhoods – Abbey, Gascoigne, Thames, Heath and Chadwell Heath

Youth on Youth Violence

Drugs Misuse

Business Crime

Road Safety

 

Action plans had been developed for each of these priorities and were monitored on a monthly basis by the SSC Business Unit.

 

It was noted that the Council had commissioned a report on business crime in the Borough which highlighted four business crime hotspots: Barking Town Centre, Ripple Road, Dagenham Heathway (the Mall) and Martin’s Corner. The partnership had already targeted the Town Centre and Martin’s Corner and work was ongoing to improve the environment in the areas, whilst the local Safer Neighbourhood Team had been involved in improving perceptions of businesses around Dagenham Heathway.

 

AGREED that Ripple Road should be put forward for early consideration as a geographic area on which to focus partnership work.

58.

Performance Monitoring - At-a-Glance Schedule

Minutes:

Received and noted a report outlining current performance against the Mandatory, Reward and other Statutory Indicators within the LAA under the SSC block.

59.

Performance Monitoring - LAA Quarter 3 Monitoring Report

Minutes:

Received and noted a report detailing the current performance and direction of travel for all SSC LAA indicators for Q3 (April – Dec 2007) and financial progress and spend to date against reward targets.

60.

Agenda for 29 April 2008 Meeting

Minutes:

Glynis Rogers advised that the next meeting in May would feature a ‘Face the People’ session and the Safer Neighbourhood Chairs would be invited to answer questions.

61.

Assessments of Policing and Community Safety (APACS) Consultation

Minutes:

Noted.

62.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

The Chair reported that this would be Hilary Ayerst’s last meeting.  On behalf of the Sub-Group he expressed his thanks for all her hard work and support and wished her well for her retirement.

63.

Future Meetings

Minutes:

Meena Kishinani, Head of Children’s Policy and Trust Commissioning, also asked for a future slot on the ‘Tell us Too’ campaign, and also ‘Integrated Youth Services.

 

 

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