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Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership (WCSP)

Increasing community resilience, reducing vulnerability, preventing exploitation

The Crime and Disorder Act (1998) created Community Safety Partnerships (CSP's) in each local authority area. Their task is to work together to reduce crime and disorder, substance misuse and reoffending in the local community. These partnerships are made up of representatives from responsible authorities such as police, local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, health and the probation service. 

The Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) is responsible for compliance with the statutory duties and responsibilities set out in this Act as well as those set out in the Police and Justice Act 2006, and in subsequent Home Office regulations and Acts.

This means delivering outcomes which relate to the prevention and reduction of crime and reoffending, fear of crime, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, and harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse. 

The Chair of the WCSP is Tracy Daszkiewicz, Director of Public Health, Wiltshire Council. 

WCSP's statutory responsibilities include:

  • Providing a framework for sharing information
  • Strategic assessments of need
  • Reducing re-offending
  • Commissioning domestic homicide reviews 

The Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership Plan 2019-2022 has been agreed by members to ensure the partnership works together to make local communities safer and more resilient, helping people in Wiltshire live well for longer. This plan is reviewed regularly to help shape the work of the partnership. It sets out four key priorities:

  • Protect people from serious harm
  • Enable safer communities
  • Prevent and disrupt serious and organised crime
  • Improve community resilience

The WCSP is also the mechanism for dispensing the statutory responsibilities of the Director of Public Health to:

  • Exercise their local authority's functions in planning for, and responding to, emergencies that present a risk to public health
  • Exercise their local authority's role in co-operating with the police, the probation service and the prison service to assess the risks posed by violent or sexual offenders.

The work of the WCSP is achieved through a number of sub-groups.

ThemeSub-groups
Anti-social behaviour
  • Licensing tasking group
  • Anti-social behaviour risk assessment conference (ASBRAC)
Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence sub-group
  • Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) 
Drugs and alcohol
  • Licencing tasking group
  • Drugs and alcohol sub-group
Exploitation
  • Wiltshire adult sexual exploitation practitioners' (WASEP) group
  • Child exploitation and missing children sub-group
Radicalisation
  • Contest Board
  • Prevent Board
  • Channel Panel
Road Safety
  • Road safety sub-group
Serious and organised crime
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking group
Serious violence
  • Violent crime executive group
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The following sets out the delivery framework for delivering against the priorities identified in the WCSP plan. Progress is reported regularly to the WCSP and informs the Annual Review.

Protect people from serious harm

Addressed through work on: 

  • Wider violent crime
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Modern slavery
  • Criminal and sexual exploitation
  • Child sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation), missing

Enable safer communities

Addressed through work on protecting our communities:

  • including anti-social behaviour
  • Licensing and night time economy
  • Prevent
  • Road safety partnership

Prevent and disrupt serious organised crime

Addressed through work on:

  • Drugs and alcohol misuse
  • County lines
  • Youth offending and gang culture
  • Knife crime
  • Reducing re-offending (WCJB)

Improve community resilience

Addressed through work on:

  • Systems approach to reduce vulnerability to improve community resilience

To be achieved through

  • Whole system approach addressing vulnerability and exploitation
  • Quality assurance and local learning
  • Co-ordinated partnership approach
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WCSP has taken steps towards being more proactive in protecting domestic abuse victims by reviewing cases that fall outside the criteria for a DHR, but where there is potential for learning.

Adult R – WCSP have produced this learning briefing to help professionals better identify and understand coercive control, including recognising when you are at risk of being coerced or controlled by a service user, and what you can do.

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Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) in April 2011.

The Home Office guidance identifies that any incident of domestic violence and abuse which results in a death of the victim requires a DHR to be carried out by the Community Safety Partnership.

The Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership carries out a DHR when someone aged 16 or over dies as a result of violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they’ve been in an intimate relationship with.

The DHR will look at the circumstances that led to the death. This will help professionals understand what happened and what needs to change to reduce the risk of something like this happening again. They are not inquiries into who is culpable, this is for the court or coroner to decide.

The Home Office requires that local areas publish anonymised reports and findings from the DHRs. Below are reviews published by Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership.

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Last updated: 15 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 15 May 2020