Introduction

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 start of the Act.

At first 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.

What we do

The Safer Somerset Partnership operates at a strategic level, and it is aided by a number of subgroups.

Community Safety Plan

The Safer Somerset Partnership is a statutory group of organisations that work collaboratively to prepare and deliver strategies for tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and reducing re-offending in Somerset. The Partnership works to deliver community safety priorities as part of the broader strategy of integrated care, health and wellbeing.

The Community Safety Plan is part of a strategic framework alongside the Fit for My Future Strategy, Improving Lives Strategy, Children and Young People’s Plan and the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board Strategic Plan. This plan also serves as the local police and crime plan for Somerset.
It sets out the strategy that partners will use to tackle community safety issues in Somerset from June 2022 – March 2025.

The priorities selected for this plan seek to address crimes that impact our local communities most, including anti-social behaviour and hate crimes. It aims to support and protect victims of abuse and serious violent crime, including violence against women and girls, youth crime, and county lines.

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Community Safety Plan 2002-2025

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Serious Violence Duty

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2021 introduces a new Serious Violence duty.

The Home Office guidance on the duty sets out details which include:

  • That serious violence is an explicit priority for Community Safety Partnerships
  • Changes will be made to section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. This requires the Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to formulate and implement a strategy to prevent and reduce serious violence

Local areas need to choose the right Partnership structure to fulfil this duty. The responsible committee or group should involve all specified authorities and will be required to:

  • Take a public health approach to reducing serious violence
  • Share data
  • Develop a Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Prepare and implement a serious violence strategy
  • Annual strategy review (evaluation of interventions) including a refreshed needs assessment

The Safer Somerset Partnership has recently formed a sub group called the Somerset Violence Reduction Partnership to considering options for how to best implement this new duty.  More information can be found at Avon and Somerset Violence Reduction Partnership

You can find a copy of the Home Office guidance on the GOV.UK website – Serious Violence Duty: draft guidance

Reducing reoffending in Somerset

In 2010, the Policing and Crime Act (2009) amended Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998). This was to make Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) responsible for formulating and implementing a strategy to reduce reoffending by adult and young offenders.

You can find out more about the Avon and Somerset Violence Reduction Partnership on the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner website.

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 because most of them commit crimes to support their problematic drug use. This intervention will help stop them going 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. This was in the knowledge that strategically, there was benefit in working across local authority boundaries.

Last reviewed: February 20, 2024 by Adam

Next review due: August 20, 2024

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