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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Waltham Forest Town Hall

Contact: John Williams, Democratic Services Officer  020 8496 4344 Email: |john.williams@walthamforest.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.  Apologies for lateness were received from Jane Brueseke, Youth Engagement and Participation.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

None declared.

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 January 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

The Chair referred to minute number 24, Themed Review: Public Safety and the Night Time Economy, and asked if the further information requested by the Committee on how PSPO orders worked in practice, and the escalation process and timescales, was now available.  Alastair Macorkindale, Head of Community Safety, undertook to remind the appropriate officers to provide the information and also to provide, at his request, a hard copy of the information to Philip Dundon, Co-opted Member.

4.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Minutes:

None.

5.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PREVENT IN WALTHAM FOREST pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The Chair stated that the subject of Prevent had been considered by the Committee in the past and continued by saying that the report on the agenda explained the background, structure and working arrangements of Prevent and in addition it also identified key partnership priorities and set out its relationship to the strategic SafetyNet partnership.

 

Jena Musa, Community Safety Programme Manager, introduced her report and referred to the fact that the Committee, at its last meeting, had requested an update on Prevent delivery in the borough.  She explained that the report set out what had been done to implement the Prevent strategy in the London Borough of Waltham Forest in 2017/18 and went on to say that Waltham Forest was a priority Prevent borough in terms of threat and need.  Jena Musa continued by saying that the borough had been at the forefront of Prevent since its inception, and that the Council delivered Prevent through the Early Help service, offering a ‘whole-family’ multi-agency local partnership safeguarding approach.  Prevent in Waltham Forest did not have a ‘special and different’ status to other Early Help programmes; it was part of core safeguarding. 

 

The Committee noted that the Waltham Forest Prevent programme recognised the need for its design and delivery to be both needs, and evidence based.  It also noted that the Council had committed to more local publicity of Prevent work and also to a wider programme of community engagement, which commenced in August 2017, with the ultimate objective of working jointly with the community to co-design, co-develop and deliver Prevent to meet community needs.  In order to facilitate this, an engagement approach had been agreed which set out a way forward for the Council to engage with community groups in a constructive and collaborative manner on the Prevent strategy to tackle the vulnerabilities and risks around radicalisation and violent extremism locally.

 

Jena Musa informed the Committee that the Council received funding from the Home Office on an annual basis to deliver a suite of Prevent projects.  The Committee noted that project delivery was based on evidenced threat and need, and local delivery was focussed on key sectors, including educational institutions and in community spaces.  Jena Musa went on to inform the Committee that 2017/18 funded projects could be categorised under the two subheadings of Education and Community/Families.

 

In regard to Prevent education projects in 2017/18 Jena Musa stated that these included both schools and FE colleges, as well as work in the adult education sector. She informed the Committee that one of Waltham Forest’s flagship programmes, Digital Resilience, was a suite of education resources for secondary school staff and students in the borough.  It was noted that the programme was designed to safeguard young people from potentially harmful information or views found online.  Digital Resilience had been developed by Waltham Forest Council in partnership with local schools and included lesson plans, peer education schemes and teacher training.

 

The Committee were then informed that Adult Digital Resilience, which was a new project  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

THEMED REVIEW: A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes:

Alastair Macorkindale, Head of Community Safety, introduced the report saying that it was largely theoretical in content and that it set out evidence gathered from a number of other sources.

 

The Committee noted that many of the key risk factors that made individuals, families or communities vulnerable to violence were changeable, including exposure to adverse experiences in childhood and subsequently the environments in which individuals live, learn and work throughout youth, adulthood and older age.  It was further noted that understanding these factors meant that public health based approaches to violence could be developed and adopted, and that such approaches focus on the primary prevention of violence through reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors over the life course.

 

Alastair Macorkindale drew attention to the fact that substance misuse was a key indicator in relation to violence and that socio-economic deprivation, and to an even greater extent inequality, increased the risk of involvement in violence.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Macorkindale for his comprehensive report.

 

In response to concerns raised by Councillor Tim James regarding the night-time economy and the associated consumption of alcohol, Alastair Macorkindale said that the Council worked with licensed premises with a view to preventing alcohol related problems and that it was possible to have a cultured world in which alcohol was available without violence related issues.

 

The Chair stressed that social housing provision and living conditions were very important factors in the cause of violence.

 

Councillor Grace Williams stated that parental mental health factors often caused significant problems associated with violence and that addressing issues at an early stage was very important, as was family engagement in public health.

 

The Chair referred to the fact that Waltham Forest had been named the Borough of Culture for 2019 and said that the stakeholders involved in dealing with, and tackling violence, should also include stakeholders involved in the provision of culture.

 

The Committee noted the report.

7.

WORK PROGRAMME & ACTION LOG pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Noted.