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Key Improvement Areas

In order to build upon the performance achieved against our priorities, and deliver sustainable improvements, the Safe Durham Partnership has used the Strategic Assessment to identify five key areas for improvement. These key areas for improvement will be addressed over the next 3 years, they are:

  • High Impact Households
  • High Impact Localities
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Alcohol Harm Reduction
  • A partnership approach to tackling Organised Crime

High Impact Households

The Partnership will build upon the work that has been developed through Think Family, FIP, MARAC and MAPPA. We will ensure that our collective resources are being effectively and proportionately focused to tackle the behaviour of a small number of households.

We will produce an index of High Impact Households supported by an assessment criteria. We will integrate work on these households into the problem solving function of the Partnership.

We will seek to develop our understanding of the causation factors that drive the behaviour of High Impact Households.

We will strengthen our strategic and operational links with the Children’s Trust. We will identify children who are particularly vulnerable through the re-offending of parents to help reduce the risk of them becoming offending adults.

We will offer opportunities for people to become and remain drug free, through focusing on treatment, housing, education and employment.

High Impact Localities

The Partnership will produce an index of High Impact Localities at super output level.

We will identify 12 High Impact Localities and develop multi-agency action plans to support them.

We will develop a performance management framework linked to the partnership priorities with bespoke local indicators.

Community engagement will be developed through the PACT (Police And Communities Together) and AAP (Area Action Partnership) structures.

We will connect and enhance the Neighbourhood Watch and Street Champions schemes and begin a collaboration between residents and the Safe Durham Partnership so that communities are an integral part of delivering improvements to this end.

We will provide communities greater opportunity to engage and to be involved in delivering solutions.

The Safer Neighbourhood Units will co-ordinate and facilitate this activity, supported by the thematic groups.

Anti-Social Behaviour

The Safe Durham Partnership will develop implement minimum standards of service.

We will develop a support package for repeat and vulnerable victims.

We will develop and implement an education and enforcement programme in schools.

We will deliver protocols between the Council and Housing Associations to ensure an effective joint approach to tackling anti-social behaviour.

Targeted communication campaigns will be delivered in areas with high concern and low public confidence.

The Civic Pride campaign will be expanded to incorporate the priorities of the Safe Durham Partnership.

We will continue our successful Time Limited Projects.

We will tackle high volume environmental issues such as fly-tipping and graffiti; aligning more to the ‘Altogether Greener’ Partnership.

Alcohol Harm Reduction

The Safe Durham Partnership will continue to deliver its strategy under the three themes; Prevention, Control and Treatment.

We will strengthen the links between the thematic group and the Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving groups.

We will also strengthen links between the Prevention strand and the Children’s Trust Arrangements.

There will be an increased focus on families and the prevention of alcohol misuse that leads to violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

In line with the new public health strategy we will move from delivering universal services to more focused equitable service delivery particularly in those areas identified as High Impact Locations.

Routes into alcohol treatment will be improved for offenders, those in custody, pre-court disposals and those committing anti-social behaviour.

We will pilot a Community Alcohol Partnership which will see us working with the alcohol trade to reduce underage drinking.

We will look to provide support to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour where alcohol is used as a coping strategy.

We will target high impact households and support people into treatment.

We will target a reduction in the number of people dying from fires when under the influence of alcohol.

Organised Crime

The Safe Durham Partnership will ensure that partners work collaboratively to disrupt organised criminal groups and raise confidence in our communities.

We will develop and access a broader range of data and information to accurately identify organised crime groups.

Together, agencies will assess the risk they pose to the communities of County Durham.

The Partnership will raise its own capacity and capability to disrupt criminal activity and reduce the capacity and capability of organised crime groups to operate.

Partners will use their diverse powers to enforce a broad range of legislation against those who have no regard as to how their behaviour adversely impacts on their communities and the environment.