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1.

WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS & GUIDELINES

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed attendees to the meeting and asked for introductions. 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Shabana Dhedhi, Martine Foley and Sandra DaCosta.

3.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and signed as a correct record.

4.

QUESTIONS TO THE POLICE pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

The following outlines the questions asked to the Metropolitan Police, their response and a summary of debate:

 

BCU

We understand there was Borough Commander’s Away Day meeting recently. Is there any feedback from that meeting that will affect Waltham Forest and specifically SNTs?

 

Superintendent Waheed Khan explained that relevant officers were still working through the practicalities that arose from the meeting, for example safeguarding. He confirmed that from a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) perspective, there was no feedback.  Ms Wheate expressed concerns that the consultation on ward panels with the Deputy Commissioner had not yet taken place as it was supposed to be discussed at a meeting in February.  Superintendent Khan confirmed that the meeting had taken place but SNTs were not discussed. 

 

 

Major incidents within the London Borough of Waltham Forest

The high number of serious incidents in the London Borough of Waltham Forest including those in Leyton have, as you would expect, caused a lot of concern within the local area. What communication can you give the SNB and wider community to reassure them they are safe to walk around those areas?

 

Superintendent Khan stated that there were no “no go areas” in the borough.  He stated that his officers acted upon intelligence and officers were located on that basis.  The Chair referred to positive messages and asked if anything specific was planned to reassure the public.  She also asked whether there was any update in relation to the welfare of the victims.  Superintendent Khan explained that investigations were still ongoing and, as such, the privacy and boundaries of victims had to be respected.  He confirmed that police officers worked closely with victims and pointed to Family Liaison Officers who were trained in providing support to victims. 

 

Mr Phillips stated that stop and search results in the borough were heartening and praised Cann Hall ward who he said were excellent at communicating relevant information.  He said that, with regard to residents being afraid to visit certain areas of the borough for fear of crime, it was down to perception.  He asked if there was an agreed mechanism for cascading daily messages and said it would be beneficial for relevant bodies to link up and share information.  Superintendent Khan said that some wards were better than others at sharing information and communicating and said it would be beneficial for such wards to share best practice with other wards.  He added that another advantage would be greater transparency.  Mr Newman suggested that a task and finish was set up to look into the issue. 

 

Ms Edwards stated that when incidents occur in the borough, the press were not notified until, on average, four days later.  She said that when the press wish to get clarity in relation to incidents the Police picked and chose what they answered.  Superintendent Khan agreed that there was more the Police could do in this respect.  He said that when there was an incident the Police’s central press team would work with senior officers  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

YIAG UPDATE

Minutes:

The YIAG provided a presentation on Waltham Forest Streetbase – a peer to peer street engagement programme delivered by young people with the intention of increasing awareness and access to youth provision.

 

The presentation slides are available electronically on the Council’s website, alongside these minutes.

 

In response to a question from an attendee a representative from the YIAG stated that, with regard to certain topics, young people were more likely to respond to another young person than adults.  The representative stated that he had some experience with gang culture and he believed that gave him the ability to empathise more effectively than many adults. 

 

Councillor Berg asked what arrangements were made to ensure that the YIAG were operating in a safe environment.  A representative from the YIAG explained that such meetings took place in an area with CCTV coverage.  He also said all participants were given a safe word which, if said, meant that everyone was to leave the area. 

 

Councillor te Velde referred to the importance of using social media avenues such as Facebook and Twitter to inform the community of the good work that the YIAG do. 

 

Mr Philips asked how the YIAG identified individuals that needed their help.  A representative explained that the information usually came from previous work that the YIAG had undertaken. 

 

In response to a question from an attendee a representative from the YIAG explained that the issue what to do if the YIAG came into contact with a dangerous individual was covered in their safeguarding training. 

 

6.

MOPAC FUNDING FOR 2019/20

Minutes:

The Chair explained that they were still awaiting details from MOPAC in relation to the funding allocation to fund projects to help to prevent crime.  MOPAC have indicated that they are likely to fund the projects which we have requested.  She said that the timescales around the process had changed and needed to be communicated to the Board. 

 

The Chair stated that there were two options:

1.    To approach an organisation in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, let them know about the funds for certain projects and allow them to bid for funding; or

2.    To look at this borough’s priorities and to target funding around those, for example youth violence.

 

The Chair then asked for Board member volunteers to be involved in drafting assessment material and liaising with MOPAC.  Mr Phillips said that he favoured the second option and offered his assistance in drafting the assessment material. 

 

The Chair then put the two aforementioned options to the vote and, on a show of hands, there were 7 votes in favour of option 1.  Given this was a clear majority, option 1 was declared to be carried. 

7.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB) UPDATE

Minutes:

The Chair varied the order of business to take item 7 – Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Update immediately after item 5 – YIAG Update.

 

Anti-social behaviour update

Mr Macorkindale provided an update on anti-social behaviour and, in doing so, explained that the Council had been working to refine its approach in the last 3 months as the current approach was not considered to be focussed enough and reporting mechanisms were difficult to manage.  He confirmed that online reporting had not worked as the report did not go to the correct people.  Mr Macorkindale explained that officers had worked on these issues and were now in a position to discuss a new approach with external partners.  He confirmed that there would be a consultation exercise on the new approach and that a workshop was to take place on 26 February 2019 which he hoped some SNB members would attend.  He confirmed that he would be in a position to provide a further update at the next SNB meeting where he would arrange for the relevant Director to attend and update on findings and future decisions to be made.

 

Gang Prevention

Mr Macorkindale stated that there was now a response to the London Southbank University Study ‘From Postcode to Profit’.  He also explained that the Council were inviting capable and interested organisations to bid for contracts which would enable the following:

  • The improvement of information flow from the community to the Council and vice versa which would facilitate greater understanding.
  • To recruit community members to act as mentors to young people excluded from schools as those excluded from schools could be more vulnerable to gang activity.  
  • Working with young people aged 18 years and above who had been released from prison.
  • Detached Outreach Programme, which would involve youth/gang workers who go out and work in the streets in areas where gang activity had been confirmed to take place (intelligence attained through the Council’s community safety intelligence.
  • Address the fact that girls and young women were being groomed in a more specific way than they had been previously and the need to move away from a specialist provider to an expert agency that would work with young girls at an earlier stage. 

 

Mr Macorkindale confirmed that proposals received from the various organisations were evaluated for quality and price.  He also explained that residents had reviewed the proposals and evaluated them as a group to determine which organisation offered the best value.  Mr Macorkindale said that an informal contract award was offered and there was a 10 day period which allowed the unsuccessful organisations to challenge the awards.  He confirmed that no challenges were received and explained that the Council provided feedback which made clear why certain organisations were unsuccessful.  Mr Macorkindale said that they were now in the position to award final contracts and to support organisations with mobilisation. 

 

Mr Macorkindale also said that resident facing opportunities were being considered and that there were plans to introduce a concrete plan for residents to sign  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

FUTURE SNB AGENDA ITEMS

Minutes:

This item was withdrawn.