Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
The Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a multi-agency strategic group set up following 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 and that these issues can be addressed more effectively and efficiently through working in partnership. It does this by overseeing the following:
- Service outcomes
- Leadership and partnership working
- Service planning & performance management
- Resource management & value for money
- Service use and community engagement
- Equality & diversity
The Community Safety Partnership is one of four community plan delivery groups which are held responsible by the partnership executive 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)
- Hackney, City of London and Tower Hamlets Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
- London Fire Brigade
- NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group
The above are supported by key local agencies from both the public and voluntary sectors. Housing providers have a key role to play in addressing crime and disorder in their housing estates and these are represented by the Chair of the Tower Hamlets Housing Forum who is also the chair of the ASB strategy group. Victims and witnesses of crime and disorder are represented on the CSP by Victim Support. The extensive network of voluntary organisations within the borough, are represented by Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services’ Chief Executive.
Representation on the CSP is through attendance by senior officer / person within that organisation, with the authority to make strategic decisions on behalf of their agency/organisation.
Partners bring different skills and responsibilities to the CSP. Some agencies are responsible for crime prevention while others are responsible for intervention or enforcement. Some have a responsibility to support the victim, substance user and others have a responsibility to deal with the perpetrator. Ultimately the CSP has a duty to make Tower Hamlets a safer place for everyone.
The Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is required by law to conduct an annual assessment of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and reoffending within the borough, this is known as the strategic assessment. It is also required to consult members of the public and the wider partnership on the levels of the above when producing its Community Safety Partnership Plan.
The strategic assessment and the findings of the public consultation are then used to produce the partnership’s Community Safety Partnership Plan, which is also a statutory document.
In order to deliver against its commitments within the CSP Plan, there are a number of established subgroups who are responsible for specific areas of community safety and cohesion, subgroup chairs are members of the CSP and provide it with performance reports on a quarterly basis, please refer to CSP Governance 2016 for the structure chart and CSP Subgroups for descriptions of each subgroup.
To view the Community Safety Plan 2013-2016 (Year 4) and Strategic Assessment (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015), please refer to the CSP Plan 2013-2016 web page.
CSP statutory duties/functions
Whilst CSP’s are responsible for a huge range of activity, the actual 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