SOUTH LAKELAND COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP
Notes of the proceedings at a meeting of the Partnership held in the Georgian Room
at the Town Hall, Kendal, on Friday, 29 July 2011, at 10.00 a.m.
Mark Clement Cumbria County Council
Jenny Draper South Lakeland District Council
Julia Hancock Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association
Caroline Green Cumbria Probation Trust
Claire Gould South Lakeland District Council
Sam Hambley Cumbria Youth Offending Service
Chris Kelly South Lakeland District Council
Will Richardson Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Gordon Rutherford Cumbria Constabulary
Debbie Slater Cumbria Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Hilary Stephenson (Chairman) South Lakeland District Council
Ian Stewart Cumbria County Council
Peter Thornton Cumbria Police Authority
Claire Willet Connexions Cumbria
Apologies for absence were received from Helen Bailey (NHS Cumbria), Colin
Beech (Victim Support), Karen. Johnson (Cumbria County Council), Paul Kennedy
(Cumbria Constabulary), David Stubbs (South Lakes Housing), Carole Wood (NHS
Cumbria), William Wyllie (Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service).
44 NOTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING
An update was provided on Minute No. 39. It was advised that there had been a
confirmed allocation of £28,422.
AGREED – That the notes of the meeting of the Partnership held on 13 May 2011
45 CUMBRIA POLICE AUTHORITY
Councillor Peter Thornton presented a report on Police and Crime Commissioners,
and the implications of this for partners. He explained that the aim was for the
Police Authority to be more reactive to public opinion. He went further to explain
why the proposals were important, with them being a significant change to policing
governance and their impact on how the police service operates. He also explained
what the key themes were, including the new proposed structure.
He provided further details regarding the role of the directly elected Police and
Crime Commissioners and what their relationship will be with Community Safety
Councillor Ian Stewart noted that the Home Office will be running road shows on this
issue in the autumn. He requested that efforts are made to ensure they come to
Cumbria early in the process and, also, to come to Kendal if possible.
AGREED – That the report be noted.
46 FUTURE PARTNERSHIP STRUCTURES IN CUMBRIA
Mark Clement presented the report on the proposed changes to the Cumbria
Partnership landscape. However, he advised the partnership that since the agenda
had been produced, there had been recent developments resulting in much of the
content of the report needing to be modified.
He reported on what the proposed structure for partnership working had been,
combining the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB), Domestic Violence Board,
Cumbria Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) and the Safer and Stronger
Communities Thematic Partnership (SSCTP) and its aims of achieving efficiencies
and introducing a co-ordinated method of commissioning services across the
He explained that since the proposed structure was suggested, DAAT had indicated
they would be part of Public Health England, so would not want to be aligned with
He indicated that other community safety partnerships had already raise concerns
about the lack of elected member inclusion in the new proposals and also
governance arrangements. These concerns were echoed by SLCSP.
AGREED – That a new structure would be produced and circulated for the
47 SOUTH LAKELAND COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP AND
Jenny Draper informed the partnership of the on-going work that was being
undertaken in developing collaborative working between Barrow Crime and Disorder
Partnership (CDRP) and South Lakeland Community Safety Partnership (SLCSP).
She detailed that both partnerships had identified alcohol misuse as a key area to
tackle in their respective plans.
It was proposed that they would hold a joint Leadership Group, which would also
look at other issues the two partnerships had in common. Jenny Draper stated that
they planned to hold two leadership meetings per year and that the rationale for this
had been that it would provide greater efficiency and there was an increased
importance of partnership working.
Jenny Draper noted that work had already commenced on producing a joint South
Cumbria Alcohol Strategy (2011-2012) in a bid to prevent and reduce alcohol related
AGREED – That
(1) the proposal to hold joint Leadership Group meetings with Barrow CDRP and
the request for further details be approved;
(2) the South Cumbria Alcohol Strategy be approved; and
(3) the Terms of Reference, future reporting routes and the work of the Alcohol
Strategy Steering Group be endorsed.
48 STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT 2011
Mark Clement gave an update on the production of the Strategic Assessment of
crime and disorder in the local area. He explained that it was being produced by the
Cumbria Intelligence Observatory and would be completed by the deadline of
The importance of the report was stressed, as it will feed into a joint strategic needs
report with other statutory assessments being undertaken throughout Cumbria.
AGREED – That the report on arrangements for the Community Safety Partnerships
Strategic Assessment 2011 be noted.
49 REDUCING RE-OFFENDING IN SOUTH LAKELAND – UPDATE REPORT
Emma Sutton Riley, from Cumbria Probation Trust and DC Kevin Robson spoke to
the Partnership about Integrated Offender Management (IOM) and the work of the
South Cumbria Reducing Re-offending Group. The Partnership was informed that
the Group had been working with increased capacity for just over five months.
Emma Sutton Riley reported that there was a panel in place to assess the initial
suitability of an individual and that this panel received a high number of referrals,
which were mostly from the Police but could be from other agencies. She explained
to the Partnership that when the Reducing Re-offending Group worked well with
other agencies, it could have a very positive outcome on individuals. She provided
an example of the work done with a repeat offender, which had included the work of
14 agencies. The repeat offender was now employed part-time and had enrolled to
start an NVQ.
Councillor Ian Stewart noted that the key to success seemed to be ‘bottling’ the
incentive for change within an individual. He expressed that he felt the preventative
agenda was highly important and that, should there be an opportunity to aid the
work of the Group through funding, then the Partnership should explore it. He
suggested a letter should be written from the Chairman regarding any alteration of
funding for the programme, especially in regards to employment for the repeat
offenders who have passed through the IOM.
AGREED – That the report be noted.
50 SOUTH LAKELAND CSP PERFORMANCE REPORT QUARTER 1 2011/12
Chief Inspector Gordon Rutherford presented a report on crime performance data
for Quarter 1 2011/2012. He noted that the results were very positive and that this
seemed to be a recurring theme for South Lakeland. He pointed out that alcohol
related crime had continued to fall as had criminal damage.
Hilary Stephenson stated that these figures were a good success story and that a
press release detailing the figures would be appropriate. Julia Hancock, made a
request for increased awareness during the summer holidays. A discussion
followed regarding increased publicity for the Cumbria Community Messaging
scheme and suggestions were made on how to raise awareness and increase
membership of this web base system.
AGREED – That the quarter 1 performance be noted.
51 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Jenny Draper provided the Partnership with details regarding the existing South
Cumbria Domestic Violence Task Group which was due to change and be known as
South Cumbria Champions Network. The first meeting of the new group would be
held on 13 September and this would be followed by basic awareness training in
relation to domestic violence, a half day training on the Multi Agency Risk
Assessment Conference (MARAC) process and how to make referrals to MARAC.
A full day practitioner training for staff who may come into direct contact with victims
and are in a position to offer active support, e.g. safety planning was also
Mark Clement noted that the CSP became responsible for the Domestic Violence
Homicide Review earlier this year. He provided an update on the development of a
Cumbria wide protocol to implement these reviews.
AGREED – That the update be noted.
52 LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT PERFORMANCE REWARD GRANT
Mark Clement gave an update on the achievement of Performance Reward Grant in
relation to Local Area Agreement targets. He noted that Cumbria was the most
successful county in generating the performance Reward Grant.
He explained that the Coalition Government had cut the grant by 50 %, so that they
would now be receiving approximately £6.4 million. There would need to be a
debate as to how this grant money should then be spent. He welcomed any
suggestions feedback into this debate. He reported that suggestions he had already
received had included funding for safety cameras / CCTV, a sexual assault centre
and compulsory drug taking in custody. The partnership also requested funding for
Family Intervention Panels and further preventative measures.
Councillor Ian Stewart noted that there had been a recent parliamentary report on
the success of early intervention. He suggested that the Partnership lobbied for
funding. Claire Gould also suggested that this issue of potential topics for funding
was also discussed at the next Safer and Stronger Partnership meeting too.
The meeting ended at 12.10 p.m.