Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership (WCSP)
Increasing community resilience, reducing vulnerability, preventing exploitation
The Crime and Disorder Act (1998) created Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) 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 WCSP's statutory responsibilities include:
- Providing a framework for sharing information
- Strategic assessments of need
- Reducing re-offending
- Commissioning domestic homicide reviews
The Chair of the WCSP is Mark Cooper, Assistant Chief Constable Wiltshire Police.
The Deputy Chair is Lucy Townsend, Corporate Director, Wiltshire Council
The Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership: Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025 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. It sets out the work the partnership conducts on several priority areas:
- Serious and organised crime (SOC)
- Rural crime
- Violent crime including youth violence and gangs
- Drug networks and county lines
- Anti-social behaviour
- Domestic abuse
- Violence against women and girls
Cross cutting themes
- Mental health
- Substance misuse
A more specific action plan has been created from this strategy, which the partnership will work towards and which will be reviewed annually to check progress.
The CSP sits within the structure of the local Safeguarding Vulnerable People's Partnership (SVPP), this is to recognise the part that safeguarding plays in reducing crime in our county.
For information on the structure of the CSP, see the partnership structure available on https://www.wiltshiresvpp.org.uk/p/about-us/about-wiltshire-svpp.
To view information on Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SAR) and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR) please visit Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership: Case Reviews in Wiltshire.
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.
To find out further information on local Domestic Homicide Reviews and review findings please visit: Community Safety Partnership - Domestic Homicide Reviews.
Contact us if you would like further information about the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership:
- Phone: 01225 718093
- Email: SVPP@wiltshire.gov.uk
- Visit: Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People's Partnership - Community Safety Partnership