The Safer Future Communities project was led by Clinks and funded by the Home Office between Autumn 2011 and March 2013 to support the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector to engage with and influence PCCs. The other partners were Council for Welsh Voluntary Youth Services, DrugScope, National Association of Voluntary and Community Action, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, and the Women’s Resource Centre.
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Safer Future Communities have produced a guide for police and crime commissioners and other local commissioners on commissioning from Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) providers. The guide aims to assist PCCs to create relationships locally with the VCSE Sector and to include them as partners in their mission to safeguard community safety and prevent crime by making their procurement processes accessible. It clearly explains that commissioning and procurement are not the only options – PCCs may choose to use grants as a means of funding the VCSE Sector too.
You may find the guide useful as a source of information on the commissioning process, as well as identifying PCC’s expectations of the VCSE sector. To see a copy of the guide please click here.
Safer Future Communities have undertaken an analysis of 39 police and crime plans across England and Wales (2 were unavailable and one was described as ‘interim’). The analysis focuses on a number of key issues:
– Violence against women and girls – Anti-social behaviour
– Substance misuse – Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities
– Victims – The Voluntary and Community Sector (as a delivery partner)
– Reducing Reoffending – The Voluntary and Community Sector (as a strategic partner)
– Young people (offenders) – Young people (victims)
These issues reflect both the Home Office community safety priorities, prior to the introduction of PCCs, and issues that have been identified through the Safer Future Communities project as being of importance to the VCSE Sector and their engagement with PCCs. The analysis provides a thematic overview comparing all 42 police and crime plans in relation to these issues. It aims to provide a national picture of how these issues are being prioritised and approached. It also provides a brief commentary to each local police and crime plan in relation to these issues and an ‘at a glance’ table showing which issues feature in which area’s plan. The Association of Police and Crime Commmissioners (APCC) have also produced an analysis of police and crime plans. While providing some information on these issues it focuses on other issues too and only provides a national overview, without any commentary on the issues or an indication of which PCCs, where, have made them a priority. In conjunction with the APCCs analysis we hope that this document will assist local and national VCSE Sector organisations in identifying areas for future influence.
It is important to note that the contents of the plans do not necessarily reflect all of the activity that has taken place in the respective police force areas they relate to or all of the PCCs initiatives. There may well be activity undertaken by PCC’s and their partners in addition to the content of the plans which have been important enough to receive some significant attention.
To see a copy of the SFC Police and Crime Plans Analysis 2013/14 please click here.
 The Safer Future Communities project was led by Clinks and funded by the Home Office between Autumn 2011 and March 2013 to support the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector to engage with and influence PCCs. The other partners were Council for Welsh Voluntary Youth Services, DrugScope, National Association of Voluntary and Community Action, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, and the Women’s Resource Centre.