Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
The Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a multi-agency strategic group set up as part of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Partnership approach is built on the premise that no single agency can deal with, or be responsible for dealing with, complex community safety issues, that these issues can be addressed more effectively and efficiently through working in partnership
The CSP is one of four community plan delivery groups which are held responsible by the Local Strategic Partnership for delivering the aims/actions contained within the Community Plan. The CSP is made up of both statutory agencies and co-operating bodies within the borough. The statutory agencies are:
- Tower Hamlets Police
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets
- National Probation Service
- London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
- London Fire Brigade
- NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group
Co-operating bodies include the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime as well as key local partners with a vested interest in community safety, including Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services.
CSP statutory duties and functions
Whilst CSP’s are responsible for a huge range of activity, the statutory obligations upon them are currently limited to:
- set up a strategic group to direct the work of the partnership
- regularly engage and consult with the community about their priorities and progress achieving them
- set up protocols and systems for sharing information
- analyse a wide range of data, including crime levels and patterns, in order to identify priorities in an annual strategic assessment
- set out a partnership plan and monitor progress
- produce a strategy to reduce re-offending
- commission Domestic Violence Homicide reviews.
The CSP conducted a Strategic Assessment and a public consultation in 2016 to set priorities and a new CSP Plan. The current CSP Plan 2017-21 has also been aligned to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Police and Crime Plan, with regards to local policing priorities and community safety funding.
The current CSP Plan priorities are outlined below
Anti-social behaviour, including Drugs and Alcohol misuse
Anti-Social Behaviour includes Drugs and Alcohol misuse as a priority due to the impact this has on the behaviour as well as these offences being considered as being types of anti-social behaviour under the current government definition.
Violence as a priority includes domestic violence and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This work also includes violence against men and boys, which is less prolific both nationally and locally in this context. There are 11 strands within VAWG including trafficking and child sexual exploitation. The Partnership works closely with specialist partners through both the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Board to ensure those vulnerable people in the borough are identified and supported in order to prevent abuse from occurring and/or rebuild their lives in the aftermath of it. The violence priority also includes other forms of violence which are not domestic related, such as violence with injury, assault and Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). Knife crime, gun crime, use of toxic substances and serious youth violence are all addressed through the Reducing Re-offending Priority.
Hate crime, community cohesion and extremism
Hate Crime, Community Cohesion and Extremism have been grouped together as one priority due to the links between the three as well as the impacts they can have on the wider community. This priority and specifically the extremism part of it, includes the important statutory work that the partnership carry out under the Prevent Strategy.
Reducing re-offending remains a priority for the borough as it focuses partnership resources on the management of a small cohort of offenders, who are responsible for a disproportionately large number of offences in the borough. This priority also includes partnership work to combat gang related offences including robbery, violence by and against young people and acquisitive crimes conducted to fund substance misuse.
Is a crosscutting theme and one of the core priorities in the new Plan is to reduce the crimes that cause most harm to children and young people such as knife crime, gang related violence, serious youth violence and sexual abuse. Working with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and Youth Offending Board, we aim to:
- reduce young people's chances of becoming victims of crime
- reduce first time entrants to the youth justice system
- reduce the number of young victims of knife crime
- tackle child sexual exploitation and other forms of criminal exploitation linked to active drug markets in the borough.
A Knife Crime Action Plan is in place to address knife and weapon enabled crime (including work on corrosive substances “acid attacks”) and is managed under the governance of the Community Safety Partnership. Safeguarding and keeping ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe’ is at the heart of our community safety strategy. Our action plan has been developed utilising the following principles:
- move from a criminal justice to a public health approach,
- prioritise long term over short term, recognising the benefits of early help and prevention,
- young people must be at the heart of the solution, and
- partnership with the community and grass roots organisations is fundamental.
The plan is formulated around activity to:
- Target law breakers
- Keep weapons off the streets
- Protect and educate young people
- Support victims, and build trust between communities and professionals