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Decisions of the PCC - May 2017

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable. this will be updated as soon as possible.

Decisions of the PCC - May 2017
 Decision Ref No. Decision Title Decision Summary Date Approved 
 2017-33065   Funding - Integrated Management Hub Prison Officer

The single Integrated Offender Management Scheme across Cleveland involves the creation of a central hub in 2014 with staff co-located to create a consistent and targeted approach to supporting and managing prolific offenders. The hub aims to support offenders in breaking the cycle of offending and managing their risk to public safety. The IOM prison officer plays a vital role in enhancing information sharing and better identification of offender pathways in addressing criminogenic needs. 

The IOM Prison Officer is also a trained Restorative Justice Facilitator and in conjunction with the RJ co-ordinator delivers restorative outcomes within a custodial environment.

It is proposed that the PCC grant funds HM Prison Service to continue with current arrangement of having a dedicated prison officer – located within the hub. The cost of this service provision is £41,092 per annum for 2 years from 1st April 2017 until 31st March 2019.

The governance arrangement for this service will be managed through the Cleveland Reducing Reoffending Group. High level updates will be provided to the Cleveland and Durham Criminal Justice Board.

 02/05/2017
2017-30497   Restorative Justice Review  

Current grant arrangements in regards to Restorative Justice came to an end on 31 March 2017. From the delivery of this service it is apparent that the processes in place are not working sufficiently and the service is lacking in referrals. Therefore during February / March 2017 a review was completed to inform the future of Restorative Justice across the Cleveland area. The review report including recommendations is attached at appendix 1.

The recommendations for approval are:

Clarity to be sought from the Ministry of Justice in regards to the use of victims funding for both victim and offender initiated Restorative Justice

  • Further develop the use of Restorative Justice at the pre and post sentencing stage of the Criminal Justice Process
  • The OPCC along with the Restorative Justice workers develop a Restorative Justice Outcomes framework for the future monitoring of impact and outcomes following a Restorative Justice Intervention.
  • During 2017/18 a service specification be developed to commission a service with anticipated ‘go live’ date of 1 April 2018.
  • As an interim measure up until 31 March 2018, two secondment opportunities are advertised to support the facilitation and development of Restorative Justice across the Cleveland area.
  • The Restorative Justice post hosted by Safe in Tees Valley and based within the Integrated Offender Management Unit be extended for a further 12 months and be seconded to the OPCC to enable closer working with the RJ coordinator – working towards the same aims and objectives.

These recommendations are presented for the Commissioners formal approval and for onward progression by the OPCC.  

02/05/2017
2017-30004   Donation to the Kittiwake Trust

Borderline Books is a charity run by the Kittiwake Trust which was set up in Gateshead in 2009. Working with volunteers, they collect books from individuals, shops, libraries, and publishers in order to redistribute them through organisations working with disadvantaged people in Britain.

The PCC received a number of books for the custody suite in Middlesbrough through the charity. People in custody can be given the option to read a book and take it away with them if they wish. The PCC would now like to give a small donation of £100.00 back to the charity. 

02/05/2017
2017-31061   Appropriate Adult Service

Over the previous 13 months (March 2016 – March 2017) Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind have been delivering on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) an Appropriate Adult service for vulnerable adults across Cleveland. Although there is no legal duty on any agency to provide Appropriate Adult provision for vulnerable adults, the PCC agreed to fund this service to increase public confidence in the justice system and to ensure those identified as vulnerable and detained by police or interviewed under caution are given their rights and entitlements.

The purpose of this funding is therefore to continue this service for a further 12 months which by 31 May 2017 will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those adults classified as vulnerable under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE). The service will be available across both Custody Suites (Hartlepool and Middlesbrough) in addition to other locations across Cleveland as necessary.

In the future the service may be required to broaden and provide Appropriate Adult support to young people. This is currently subject to discussion. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind will accommodate this if necessary.

02/05/2017
2017-30419   Funding for Targeted
Youth Outreach Service in Redcar and Cleveland

Using PCC funding Redcar and Cleveland Community Safety Partnership will commission a Targeted Youth Outreach Service, utilising the Redcar and Cleveland Early Help Youth and Community Service Streetz Team in partnership with a commissioned Voluntary and Community Sector organisation. The hybrid provision will deliver a targeted street based youth outreach service with the aim of reducing youth antisocial behaviour in Redcar and Cleveland.

Redcar and Cleveland are amongst a small number of Local Authorities in the country who have retained their own youth and community service provision, and this hybrid model will enable strong existing links with strategic multi agency boards to be maintained. In addition retaining Local Authority oversight of the initiative will secure effective information sharing across Children’s Service Teams and ensure that case notes are recorded on the Early Help and Social Care case management system.

PCC funding will cover 5 hours a week each for Local Authority Lead Youth Workers in each of the three Redcar and Cleveland locality areas to provide oversight of the VCS commissioned organisation and ensure that service delivery is appropriately targeted and that information sharing systems are updated accordingly. The remaining funding will be allocated to the commissioned VCS provider.

The service will deliver a range of early intervention, diversionary and positive activities centred on assertive street based youth work, engaging with young people who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour activity.

The service will be intelligence led delivered in a reactive manner, providing short term interventions in antisocial behaviour hotspot locations identified by partnership information and analysis and reviewed at local multi agency meetings. The identified VCS service delivery organisation will sit on these multi agency meetings together with the Local Authority lead.

A Local Authority lead will be identified to coordinate the commissioned Targeted Youth Outreach Service and report back to the OPCC on activity undertaken with PCC funding.

To allow time for the VCS element of the service to be commissioned, during the first six months of the funding period the Targeted Youth Outreach Service will be solely delivered by Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority Streetz Team.

02/05/2017
2016-25514   Funding for the Local Children Safeguarding Board (LCSB) - Stockton

Stockton-on-Tees Local Safeguarding Children Board (SLSCB) which was established in April 2006, is a statutory body made up of organisations which work with children and young people and is the key mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in the local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

In terms of the priorities of the Board, these will be based on the following two outcome priorities:

(1)       Preventing harm: tackling the root causes of neglect, with a focus on domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol and parental mental health.

(2)       Protecting vulnerable children: reducing the risks of children and young people who are vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked (VEMT) or at risk of being VEMT.

For each of these priorities the Board’s role will be based on one of oversight and assurance, based around its key roles:

  • Ensuring coordination: that agencies are working together; sharing intelligence and information; have effective policies and procedures in place.
  • Effective challenge: Assurances that practice is effective; that agencies have safeguarding audits are being undertaken and feedback is being sought from those who are receiving services or who are impacted by the issues.
  • Enabling change: being assured that lessons are being learnt from audits and reviews and that practice and outcomes are improving as a result.

 Funding provided by the PCC, facilitates towards the costs of carrying out the activities set out within the SLSCB Business Case (Appendix 1). The PCC will receive regular updates on progress in line with terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

 19/05/2017
 2016-25516   Funding for the Local Children Safeguarding Board (LCSB) - Hartlepool

 Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) which was established in April 2005, is a statutory body made up of organisations which work with children and young people and is the key mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in the local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

 Priorities

The HSCB Business Plan 2016-2018 is focused on priorities that form the basis of the work of the Board over the next two years. These priorities support the statutory functions of the HSCB and the partnership response to protecting vulnerable children and young people, preventing harm and promoting their welfare.

They are:

(1)       Addressing the impact of Neglect

(2)       Reducing Child Sexual Exploitation

(3)       Strengthening partnerships ensuring continuous improvement

Funding provided by the PCC, facilitates towards the costs of carrying out the activities set out within the HSCB Business Plan (Appendix 1). The PCC will receive regular updates on progress in line with terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

 19/05/2017
 2016-25519   Funding for the Local Children Safeguarding Board (LCSB) - Middlesbrough

Funding the Middlesbrough Local Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) will, this year, help to target the below priorities:

PRIORITY 1

The MSCB will promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with a particular focus on those suspected of being at risk.

PRIORITY 2

The MSCB will work with partner agencies to promote early help and recognise and respond to the neglect of children and young people.

PRIORITY 3

The MSCB will develop and implement effective communication strategies with a focus on the participation of children and young people.

PRIORITY 4

The MSCB will work with partner agencies to improve the link with adult services in particular those services working with domestic abuse, parental mental health and substance misuse

 19/05/2017
 2016-25520   Funding for the Local Children's Safeguarding Board (LCSB) - Redcar & Cleveland

Redcar & Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board (RCSCB) which was established in April 2010, is a statutory body made up of organisations which work with children and young people and is the key mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in the local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

 In order to achieve this RCSCB will:

(1)       Develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including on:

  • the action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention;
  • training of persons working with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children;
  • recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children;
  • investigation of allegations concerning persons who work with children;
  • safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered;
  • co-operation with neighbouring children’s services authorities.

 (2)       Communicate to persons and bodies in the area of the authority the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raise awareness of how this can best be done, and encourage them to do so.

 (3)       Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and advise on ways to improve.

 (4)       Participate in the planning of services for children in need in the Redcar & Cleveland.

 (5)       Undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the authority and Board partners on lessons to be learned.

Funding provided by the PCC, facilitates towards the costs of carrying out the activities set out within the RCSCB Business Plan (Appendix 1). The PCC will receive regular updates on progress in line with terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

 19/05/2017
 2017-33235   Funding for Targeted Youth Outreach Service in Middlesbrough

 Using PCC funding Middlesbrough Community Safety Partnership will commission a Voluntary and Community Sector organisation to deliver a targeted street based youth outreach service with the aim of reducing youth antisocial behaviour in Middlesbrough.

 The service will deliver a range of early intervention, diversionary and positive activities centred on assertive street based youth work, engaging with young people who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour activity.

 The service will be intelligence led delivered in a reactive manner, providing short term interventions in antisocial behaviour hotspot locations identified by partnership information and analysis and reviewed at local multi agency meetings. The service delivery organisation will sit on these multi agency meetings.

 A Local Authority lead will be identified to coordinate the commissioned Targeted Youth Outreach Service and report back to the OPCC on activity undertaken with PCC funding.

 17/05/2017
2017-34917   Funding for Justice First International Football Tournament 2017

 Justice First applied for funding from the Police Property Act Fund to provide a one day, multi-cultural event which is held annually. The significant and underpinning aim of the event is to build positive relationships in the wider community, promote community cohesion, reduce fear of crime/fear of authorities and enhance social integration between various social and cultural groups living in Cleveland.  

The funding provided will contribute to the catering costs, pitch fees, referees and the management costs.  

This initiative supports the PCC's priority of Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer.

 17/05/2017
2017-34920   Funding for Middlesbrough Mela 2017 

 Middlesbrough Mela have applied for funding to support this years Mela which takes place on 15-16 July 2017 in Centre Square, Middlesbrough. This event attracts over 10,000 people and brings together local community groups from diverse backgrounds.

It is a key priority to promote community cohesion and a sense of belonging through the participatory work and to sustain this through further recruitment for other outdoor events in the town. The PCC will host a stall during the event to provide crime prevention advice and free equipment and to raise initiatives such as Hate Crime reporting.

The Mela supports the PCC's priorities of Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer and Securing the Future of our Communities.

 17/05/2017
2017-34925   Operation Encompass - Domestic Abuse Officers

Decision record form 46 – 2016 provides background information in regards to Operation Encompass since inception in 2014/15.

Cleveland Police was one of the first police forces in the country to deliver Operation Encompass across the whole force area; the Domestic Abuse Officers review domestic abuse incidents to identify those that meet the criteria for an Operation Encompass referral.

Work is on-going within Cleveland Police to examine the possibility of a transfer of service provision from Safe in Tees Valley to Cleveland Police to enable the Domestic Abuse Officers to be more aligned and formally managed alongside other Protecting Vulnerable People Staff. Therefore in the short term and as a bridging arrangement, funding will be provided to Safe in Tees Valley and a formal secondment arrangement put in place to ensure business continuity in this important initiative.  This agreement will be for six months (from 1 April 2017 – 30 September 2017) with the option to extend for a further six months (from 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018) if required.

In January 2017 an evaluation of the implementation of Operation Encompass in the Hartlepool area, commissioned by the PCC, was published by Teesside University. Within this report a number of recommendations were made which have been supported by the PCC and Cleveland Police. An action plan has been developed - going forward, the Domestic Abuse Officers (Operation Encompass) will work alongside Cleveland Police to support the implementation of these recommendations.

 18/05/2017
2017-35176   Medical Service Contract Renewal

 Under Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the organisation has a duty to provide clinical treatment and attention to ensure detainee safety.

In 2007 a £35m contract over 10 years was entered into with Reliance (now Tascor) to deliver Custody and Medical Services. The contract is due to expire at the end of June 2017.

It was considered appropriate due to changes in the market for the Custody Support Contract and Medical Services should be tendered separately.

A National specification has been drawn up in conjunction with NHS England for Custody Medical Services.  This specification was reviewed with the Chief Inspector and Inspector responsible for Custody to ensure that operational needs were captured (including legislative changes).

A decision was made to reduce the contract term from 10 years to 3 years with the option to extend for two further 12 month periods. It was considered appropriate for a shorter contract to provide flexibility in the current changing environment of collaboration.

An open tender was carried out using EU Supply as the tender portal, advertising the contract in Contract Finder and OJEU as per the Public Procurement Regulations 2015. An open tender is a competitive exercise whereby a tender is advertised and all bidders expressing an interest can access the tender documentation and submit a bid.

The appendix to this decision record form contains full details of the procurement process and outcome.

 19/05/2017
2017-35204   Funding for Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

Hartlepool Chinese Association have applied for funding for a contribution to their annual Chinese New Year Celebration Event. The event, which has been running for over seven years is a chance for the local community from diverse backgrounds to celebrate and learn more about the Chinese culture. The Association hosts regular singing, dancing and mandarin groups and individuals from these groups perform at the event as well as other entertainers.

It is a key priority to promote community cohesion and this event shows how Hartlepool celebrates different cultures.

The event supports the PCC's priority of Securing the Future of our Communities.  

 19/05/2017

 

 
 
 
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