Community Safety Partnerships are nationally recognised bodies. Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, all ‘statutory partners’ should work in partnership to reduce crime and disorder. In Somerset, Community Safety Partnerships have been in place since the inception of the Act.
Initially district based, the community safety partnership landscape in Somerset has evolved over time. In 2013, the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner approved a formal merger of a county-wide Safer Somerset Partnership.
The Safer Somerset Partnership operates at a strategic level, and is aided by a number of sub groups.
Safer Somerset Partnership Structure
The Safer Somerset Partnership Plan is a statuary requirement and has just been completed for 2017-20
To learn more about the Partnership’s aims, function and membership, please refer to the latest Terms of Reference
Working together protocol
Almost all community safety work is done in partnership. No matter the subject area, it is rare that any one issue can be dealt with by a single agency.
There is a range of community safety work that concerns other partnerships. For instance, modern slavery, FGM, honour based violence, forced marriage, domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, child sexual exploitation, preventing radicalisation are all safeguarding concerns.
The inequalities in health that concerns the Health and Wellbeing Board are similar to the inequalities in victimisation and offending. Much of our work is targeted on those with a lower social economic background. The more susceptible to crime are also most susceptible to poor health and wellbeing outcomes. Therefore, strong relationships between these boards are pivotal in finding innovative solutions to common concerns.
Reducing reoffending in Somerset
In 2010, the Policing and Crime Act (2009) amended Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) to make Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) responsible for formulating and implementing a strategy to reduce reoffending by adult and young offenders.
Integrated Offender Management
Studies have shown that the most prolific 20% of offenders are responsible for 80% of all crime. In other words, a small number of criminals commit the majority of our crimes. These offenders are now identified and targeted by an innovative multi-agency management approach.
The aim is to rehabilitate offenders (as most commit crimes to support their problematic drug use) and help them through change to stop them reverting back to a life of crime and causing further harm to our communities.
Avon and Somerset Reducing Reoffending Board
In 2017 The Safer Somerset Partnership agreed to participate in the Avon and Somerset Reducing Reoffending Board, in the knowledge that strategically, there was benefit in working across local authority boundaries.
Latest Terms of Reference
Reducing Reoffending Strategy