Community Trigger

Supporting Vulnerable People


Supporting the Vulnerable – Accountable persons: Rob James (Birmingham City Council) & Melody Bridges (NHS Birmingham South Central CCG)

The BCSP want to help protect those who are most vulnerable to becoming victims of crime or ASB, and those whose life circumstances make them more vulnerable to committing crime or ASB.

Key Outcomes:

  • -  Vulnerable people are protected from harm.

  • -  A CSP that defends and derives strength from the many cultures within Birmingham.

  • -  The young people of Birmingham have the support and protection they need to prosper and become active citizens.

  • -  A CSP doing all that it can to reduce the prevalence and harm associated with hidden crimes.

  • -  Increased confidence of Birmingham’s citizens to seek support and protection from otherwise hidden crimes.

Project/Activity

Description

Outputs/Measures

SV1

Supporting and protecting a cohesive multi-cultural Birmingham

The CSP will understand how different communities experience and report crime to help protect against cultural tensions within the city.

It will work together with communities to enact effective interventions that make a positive difference to people’s neighbourhoods.

The BCSP will counter all hate crime in the city, paying particular attention to those based on race and religion.

Key Outputs

  1. a)  Clarify the current position of research and services in the city that address how deprivation and diversity affect crime reporting levels (in Birmingham, specifically) and what interventions the CSP can undertake to address this.

  2. b)  Evaluate the current community intelligence networks to identify collective community assets, linkages and gaps. Consider commissioning to address the latter (linked to Continuous Scoping & Development)

  3. c)  BCSP to develop links with the Birmingham Hate Crime Reduction Partnership (BHCRP) to help monitor changes and perceptions around racial/religious intolerance in the city. This will also be relevant in the Continuous Scoping and Development priority.

  4. d)  Rapid assessment of target cohorts and geographies for hate crimes based on race and religion to allow commissioning panel to consider bids.

  5. e)  LDGs to audit their engagement with different demographics and cultures within their quadrants to identify gaps in engagement.

  6. f)  Evaluate the current level of awareness and existing processes that ensure frontline practitioners and managers remain aware of changes to Birmingham’s emerging communities.

Measures/Indicators

  • -  Completion of outputs SV1(a-f).

  • -  Increase in community confidence to report racial and religious hate crime to authorities.

  • -  Increased reporting of religious or racial hate crime from all referral routes into WMP (using an independent reporting centre as a

    control)

SV2

Collaboration of partners supporting those with multiple and complex needs so that vulnerable people are safe in their homes and communities.

The BCSP will work with existing programmes and providers to better understand the physical and mental health factors linked to crime and how the CSP can contribute to interventions.

This will include a focus on ASB committed by those suffering from poor mental health.

Key Outputs

  1. a)  Clarify the current position of research and services in Birmingham that address links between poor mental health and ASB offending and what interventions the CSP can undertake to address this.

  2. b)  Work with Forward Thinking Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust to assess what added value the data sets held by partners that relate to mental health needs and issues, could add to their work in supporting those with mental health needs and putting effective interventions into place.

c) Clarify the current service provision in the city that enable access to mental health services to those presenting to partners with substance abuse issues and how the CSP can continue to support this work.

  1. d)  Clarify through the city’s safeguarding panels, how Safer Communities Groups can assist in preventing the vulnerable and those with multiple and complex needs becoming or remaining a victim of crime.

  2. e)  Clarify the current position of research and services in the city that address links between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and violence (in Birmingham, specifically) and what interventions the CSP can undertake to address this.

  3. f)  Develop/maintain links with adult and child safeguarding boards. Install as a standing agenda item at Partnership Delivery Group (PDG) meetings.

  4. g)  Mental Health expert from Public Health to be represented at all partnership board meetings.

  5. h)  Alongside the SAB actively support the development of Birmingham’s Supporting Adults Panels (BSAP), including but not limited to training and awareness-raising for frontline practitioners covering issues such as mental health, hoarding, worklessness, housing and homelessness.

  6. i)  Support and implement the recommendations from the recent Birmingham Hoarding Research Report.

  7. j)  Influence BCC homeless strategy to ensure consideration of vulnerable people.

  8. k)  Identify BCC worklessness strategy and influence to ensure consideration of vulnerable people.

  9. l)  Identify and where possible implement partnership actions created at BSMHFT Mental Health and Housing Summit (November 2015)

Measures/Indicators

  • -  Completion of outputs SV2(a-h)

  • -  Increased proportion of substance abuse presentations accessing mental health services

  • -  Reduction in those with multiple and complex needs becoming a victim of crime.

  • -  Reduction in those with multiple and complex needs remaining a victim of crime.

  • -  (measure around numbers of front-line practitioners trained in issues identified in SV2(h).

SV3

Collaboration of partners protecting young people from crime and substance misuse.

The BCSP will understand which agencies are involved in protecting young people in the city and how it can bring partners together to enhance services.

Specific areas of concern around young people are:

  • -  New Psycho-Active Substances

  • -  Online Grooming

Key Outputs

  1. a)  Support the commissioning of programmes of projects and activities for young people that are proven to reduce the likelihood of them becoming involved in priority crime and ASB types (either as an offender or a victim). This includes identifying priority cohorts and geographies and recognising the importance of having accessible youth provision in places that target cohorts can engage.

  2. b)  Work with Aquarius and Change Grow Live (CGL) to understand target cohorts for New Psycho-Active Substances interventions and consider commissioning.

  3. c)  Review current arrangements and services within the city that contribute to protecting people in Birmingham from Online Grooming and identify where the CSP can add value to existing work.

  4. d)  Assist with the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre’s (CEOP) seventh priority for external support; help enhance the development and delivery of CEOP’s awareness raising programme for parents and carers (online grooming, specifically).

  5. e)  Support Police and School panels to engage education partners in prevention and early intervention work that prevents and reduces harms around the two specific areas of concern. Particularly, identify ambassadors for NPA and Online Grooming within partners and

embed a process whereby concerns raised at Police and Schools Panels can be swiftly resolved and schools are kept updated as to emerging issues.

Measures/Indicators

  • -  Completion of actions SV3(a-e).

  • -  Progress against CSP relevant CEOP priorities (RAG rate)

  • -  Increase in awareness of the dangers of NPS within young people in Birmingham (Survey Monkey or other source).

  • -  (Online Grooming measure)

SV4

Prevention of domestic abuse

The BCSP will co-ordinate multi-agency engagement and action to achieve the outcomes of the Birmingham Domestic Abuse Prevention Strategy (2017-20) (BDAPS)

Increase in healthy relationship skills for young people and adults

Decrease in social tolerance of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is identified early and escalation prevented.

Domestic abuse victims (adults and children) are able to recover from the abuse.

Reduction in harm and risk from domestic abusers (see DP4).

Domestic abuse victims (adults and children) are safe and feel safe.

Key Outputs

a) - Implementation of actions from Birmingham Domestic Abuse Prevention Strategy (2017-20) focussing on three tiers of prevention

Changing Attitudes (primary prevention)
Identify how BCSP can support and add value to work to promote healthy relationship programmes in schools, youth settings and higher education
Widen public awareness campaigns and community engagement encouraging community led preventative approaches Undertake targeted engagement around forced marriage, honour based violence and female genital mutilation and with under- represented groups of victims such as LGBT victims and disabled victims
Introduce 'Ask Me' Schemes for safe disclosure in everyday settings
Introduce domestic abuse workplace policies across the city

Early Help (secondary prevention)
Contribute to integrated multi-agency commissioning
Identify how BCSP can support and add value to early help in safeguarding children

Safety and Support (tertiary prevention)
Strengthen multi-agency services for those at high risk
Strengthen relationship between public protection processes of MARAC, MASH, DV Tasking and Integrated Offender Management

Commissioning priorities for the CSP from the BDAP Strategy (Citywide):
Public awareness and targeted awareness with LGBT and disabled communities; targeted community engagement on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Forced Marriage (FM) and Honour Based Violence (HBV) (under BDAPS Changing Attitudes Priority) Domestic Abuse City Wide Helpline and Triage (under BDAPS Early Help Priority)
Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) administration and co-ordination and high risk (MARAC) Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) (under BDAPS Safety and Support Priority)

b) Measures/Indicators

  • -  Reduced deaths, attempted murders and most serious violence through domestic abuse

  • -  Increased reporting of domestic abuse, FM and HBV to police and Domestic Abuse helpline, including increased reporting by under-

    represented groups

  • -  Reduced number of high risk, serial and repeat DA offenders

  • -  Increased number of successful prosecutions for domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour based violence

  • -  Number of civil orders, restraining orders Domestic Violence, FGM and Forced Marriage Protection Orders and sanctuary schemes

  • -  Increased multi-agency referral to MARAC

  • -  Increased proportion of high risk victims receiving independent support (target 100%)

  • -  Number of schools committed to healthy relationships programme and Domestic Abuse Standards

  • -  Number of organisations with workforce policies

  • -  (these indicators for the CSP sit within a broader matrix of indicators within the overall Domestic Abuse Prevention Strategy for which

    each of Birmingham's strategic boards hold an important element)

  • -  Completion of output SV4(a-c)

SV5

Collaboration between partners tackling other crimes/issues which are hidden and where vulnerable people are involved.

In addition to the domestic violence issues in SV4 the BCSP will understand the scale and nature of other specific hidden and vulnerable crimes/issues that pose the greatest risk to Birmingham, which agencies are involved in tackling them, and how it can bring partners together to enhance services. The crimes/issues of most concern are:

  • -  Human Trafficking (HT)

  • -  Elder Abuse (EA)

Key Outputs

  1. a)  Identify ambassadors for HT and EA within partners and embed a process whereby concerns raised at Police and Schools Panels can be swiftly resolved and schools are kept updated as to emerging issues.

  2. b)  Review current arrangements and services in the city that contribute to protecting people in Birmingham from Human Trafficking and identify where the CSP can add value.

  3. c)  Review current arrangements and services in the city that contribute to protecting the elderly within Birmingham from Elder Abuse and identify where the CSP can add value.

  4. d)  Identify how the CSP can aid the Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and Regional Anti-Trafficking Network (WMRAT) to gather intelligence, raise awareness and organise refuge for victims.

  5. e)  Understand the BCC Strategic Migration Partnership’s approach to unaccompanied child migrants and, as an ACE aware city, identify how the CSP can assist.

  6. f)  Liaise with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to identify how the CSP can best publicise the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) framework within partners.

  7. g)  Alongside the BSAP and SAB explore programmes of activity and initiatives that are effective at addressing social isolation and exclusion, particularly amongst the vulnerable in older communities.

  8. h)  Support the EHS and local early help partnerships to develop frontline practitioner and manager engagement and awareness of the priority crime types in SV5.

Measures/Indicators

  • -  Completion of outputs SV5(a-k).

  • -  Increased referrals to NRM from partners.

  • -  Increased reporting of crime types identified.

  • -  (other measures tbc)

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