Merseyside Community Safety Partnership

The Merseyside Community Safety Partnership operated between 2012 and June 2019.

It aimed to develop and enhance multi-agency approaches to reducing crime and disorder across the Merseyside Police Force area and provided the Police and Crime Commissioner with the opportunity to work with partners to provide efficient and effective community safety across the region.

In June 2019 following consultation, this Partnership took a new structure and terms of reference and became the Safer Merseyside Partnership.

Please find below some of the achievements of the Community Safety Partnership below:

Notable achievements from 2018/19

Throughout 18/19, the Partnership’s meetings continued to be aligned to Commissioner's policing priorities and served to identify opportunities for an evidence based, pan-Merseyside approach, including co-commissioning, the sharing of best practice and collaboration in support of the Partnership’s priorities.

In particular, partners were brought together to discuss a wide range of current matters including a joint pan-Merseyside knife crime action plan, consistent ASB recording mechanisms and the New Integrated Through the Gate Model to support the rehabilitation of offenders. The Partnership was also given an overview of the Merseyside Youth Alliance following a successful bid for the Early Intervention Youth Fund announced in November 2018.

In addition, the Partnership planned a programme of work for the year ahead as a result of a formal consultation which has informed a change of priorities for the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership. It has been twenty years since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 brought Community Safety Partnerships into being and much has changed since then. As an example of these changes, the Government recommended that local Organised Crime Partnerships be established to oversee sub-regional work and it was suggested that Community Safety Partnerships would be an ideal mechanism to fulfil this function. This presented the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership with an opportunity to restructure to reflect the new oversight role. The Government’s view is that local Serious and Organised Crime Partnerships would oversee the delivery of the refreshed national Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018.

Notable achievements from 2017/18

In 2017/18, meetings of the Partnership were aligned to the Commissioner's policing priorities, enabling greater focus on the issues facing our region. Over the year, Partnership members have shared best practice regarding a wide range of current issues across the criminal justice system. These included preventative youth diversion activities targeted at ASB, multi-agency offender management from the National Probation Service to reduce reoffending and an update of the Red Umbrella Project launched in December 2017 following Merseyside Police’s successful bid to the VAWG transformation fund. 

In addition, the Partnership has built up knowledge and understanding of the links between Child Criminal Exploitation and county lines as well as Fraud & Cyber-crime vulnerability within Merseyside and the work that has been carried out to prevent victimisation and pursue perpetrators.

Notable achievements from 2016/17

This Partnership is now in its fourth year. In 2016/17 I brought partners together to raise awareness of cyber-crime; to consult on Merseyside Police’s Community First proposals; to develop partner input on Police and Crime Plan objectives; and to plan the programme of work for the year ahead. The Partnership also improved understanding of the impact of austerity with Liverpool John Moores University commissioned to provide a bespoke piece of research with recommendations for the future of community safety on Merseyside.

Notable achievements from 2015/16

  • During 2015/16, membership was expanded further. In May 2015, Merseyside Chambers of Commerce were invited to join the partnership. In March 2016, the Business Manager from the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board and a single representative for the five Youth Offending Teams in Merseyside also joined.
  • Promotion of the Victim Care Merseyside website amongst partner agencies to increase awareness and encourage its use.
  • Lobbied the government regarding concerns about the process for Domestic Homicide Reviews. In addition, a Merseyside-wide learning event hosted by Liverpool CitySafe was organised as a result of an action from a meeting of the partnership.
  • Partners monitored the use of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This provided an opportunity for partners to highlight any issues that had arisen during the implementation of the new legislation and share learning.
  • The Chair commissioned a piece of work by an independent academic to help inform the partnership of the impact of austerity.

Notable achievements from 2014/15

  • Implemented new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation – Members of the Partnership established a sub-group to oversee implementation of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This group led work to comply with the Home Office guidance and timeframes to implement the legislation in October 2014.
  • Consulted partners on the commissioning of new victims’ and restorative justice services as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service – Following the new statutory powers granted to Police and Crime Commissioners relating to victims’ services, the PCC shared findings from her office’s Victim Research programme to help inform the commissioning process and ensure partners were kept informed of key developments.
  • Expanded membership to the Partnership – As the Partnership has developed the PCC and the partners  recognised the need to expand membership. As a result, representatives from health and travel both now play an important role in the partnership.
  • Assisted multi-agency work to safeguard children and young people via Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs - In December 2014, partners received an overview on how Merseyside Police is leading partnership safeguarding work. The Partnership provided the correct forum for partners to openly discuss delays and obstructions to this partnership work. As a result, the Partnership was able to agree a number of actions to help improve this process.
  • Ensured effective implementation of the national Serious Organised Crime strategy – To help tackle serious and organised crime, a priority within my Police and Crime Plan, the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership requested updates from partners on their efforts to implement the national strategy.
  • Consulted members on draft Police and Crime Plan priorities for 2015/16 – to comply with her statutory duties and to infor the new Plan, the PCC presented her draft priorities to the Partnership.
  • Worked with the Home Office to protect vulnerable adults on Merseyside – In March 2015, the Home Office were invited to the Partnership to discuss a pilot to help protect vulnerable people from becoming victims of fraud. The discussion helped generate additional ideas which the Home Office gratefully received and took forwards.

Notable achievements from 2013/14

  • Providing partner agencies with valuable information on the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. This has helped partners plan and prepare for the imminent changes around offender supervision;
  • Monitoring legislative changes to the way anti-social behaviour is tackled. This has helped the Commissioner's office, Merseyside Police, the local authorities and registered social housing providers plan for the changes to anti-social behaviour ahead of their implementation in October 2014;
  • Focusing on ways to prevent young people from becoming involved in gun and gang crime. For example, a special performance of Terriers, a theatrical drama aimed at highlighting the dangers of guns and gangs to young people, was held to help raise awareness of these issues.

Previous meetings:

As of 18th September 2013, members of the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership agreed that minutes from their meetings should be published on the Commissioner's website.

Please find these below:

1st March 2019 - minutes

30th November 2018 - minutes

7th September 2018 - minutes

25th May 2018 - minutes

1st December 2017 - minutes

1st September 2017 -  minutes

2nd June 2017 - minutes

10th March 2017 - minutes

2nd December 2016 - minutes

2nd September 2016 - minutes

17th June 2016 - minutes

18th March 2016 - minutes

4th September, 2015 - minutes

5th June, 2015 - minutes

6th March, 2015 - minutes

5th December, 2014 - minutes

12th September, 2014 - minutes

13th June, 2014 - no minutes as this was a planning workshop

14th March, 2014 - minutes

6th December, 2013 - minutes

18th September, 2013- minutes