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7.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Raja Anwar.

8.

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:

Cllr Karen Bellamy declared a non-pecuniary interest as she is the CEO of LVE, Charitable Foundation - a charity in Borough that deals with young people and gang violence. Notwithstanding her interest in the Agenda Items, Councillor Karen Bellamy was able to remain in the room and participate in the meeting.

9.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 444 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 July 2019 were approved by the Committee as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

10.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Members of the public are welcome to participate in scrutiny meetings. You may speak for three minutes on a topic related to the Committee’s work, and fifteen minutes in total is allowed for public speaking, at the discretion of the Chair. If you would like to speak, please contact Democratic  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

Minutes:

None.

11.

ACTION TRACKER FORWARD PLAN pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report from the Scrutiny Officer.

 

Rosamund Cox, Scrutiny Assistant introduced her report and the Committee noted the actions that had received responses.  The Committee also noted that the actions numbered 4 and 6 had not received responses and Ms Cox would continue to chase relevant officers.

 

Decision:

·         The Committee noted the action tracker and forward plan.

 

12.

SAFETYNET ANNUAL SUMMARY 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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Minutes:

 

Consideration was given to the report from Richard Tucker, SafetyNet Chair and  Alastair Macorkindale, Group Manager (Strategy), Community Safety and SafetyNet Business Management Group Chair.

 

Alastair Macorkindale presented the report which summarised the key achievements of the SafetyNet board for 2018/19.  During that period Richard Tucker, Detective Chief Superintendent, Metropolitan Police, was Chair of Board and Linzi Roberts-Egan, Deputy Chief Executive was Vice Chair. 

 

Mr Macorkindale explained that 2018/2019 was the second year of a two-year action plan. The priorities had previously been given to them by CCG partnership executive and these were anti-social behaviour (ASB), prevent, gangs and youth violence and violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The Committee was advised that the ASB Programme Board was beginning the process of developing a new strategy for Borough that had been signed off by Cabinet in Sept 2019.  Jarlath Griffin, Director of Neighbourhoods, chaired the ASB Board jointly with the Chief Superintendent.  It was hoped that the new strategy would give robust framework of strategic focus as the service had previously struggled to manage demand due to residents’ differing views as to what constituted ASB.

The Committee were given some background into the Strategic Partnership Executive which was chaired by Linzi Roberts-Egan.  The Executive took an overview of key issues and devised a way that the four 4 strategic Boards:  Community Safety; Health and Wellbeing Board; and the two safeguarding Boards could work in a combined way without duplicating work.  It was decided that VAWG was a crosscutting issue with health and safeguarding implications, therefore SafetyNet would be controller of that programme.  

 

The Committee commented on their experience of reporting ASB and congratulated Officers on the cohesiveness of the Police and ASB teams working together to resolve issues. They expressed concern for continued support of the ASB programme which was due to come to the end of its two-year funding.

 

As a result, from questioning by the Committee, it was noted that:

 

The Glasgow Model was being used help reduce gang violence. The Committee learnt that the Glasgow Model focussed on a public health approach which was broader than enforcement. It found that arresting and sentencing offenders did not resolve the problem as they would often reoffend.  In Glasgow, there was a period of intense enforcement which took a lot of violent people off the streets and then gave the authorities time to put in preventive measures.  This included provision of therapeutic intervention to help offenders understand why they commit crimes and then helped them into work.  The Model worked on preventive measures by introducing a no exclusion policy in schools by investing in pastoral care and engagement of disaffected families.  The Glasgow model is difficult to replicate in London because, unlike Glasgow, it is not a  Unitary Authority, however officers are talking to schools and working with Headteachers on implementing similar models. The Committee also noted that crime in Glasgow was fuelled by toxic masculinity and drinking however in London crime is fuelled by drugs.

 

Membership of the Prevent  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

BOROUGH OF CULTURE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of Rhona Cadenhead, Strategic Director of Corporate Development.

 

Lorna Lee, Executive Director, London Borough of Culture 2019, supported by Cllr Paul Douglas, presented the report which included the Cabinet report of 10 October 2019.

 

Ms Lee stated that the Borough of Culture (BoC) was currently in its tenth month and the report summarised the evaluation to the end of quarter three.  The events had attracted over 500,000 additional visits to cultural activity in Waltham Forest; engaged with 94% of schools in the borough and the programme was on track to engage with 85% of households in the borough by the end of the year.

There had been a focus on social media and the BoC website had had more than one million hits.

It was hoped the events would engage all communities and data showed that 42% of attendees at the hero events were from BAME communities.  It was recognised that more needed to be done as the figure was not representative of the 62% BAME communities of Waltham Forest.

There had also been engagement with young people as part of the Future Creatives Programme.  The programme was on track to achieve the target of 100 local young people to complete the programme by March 2020.   The Programme reached out to young people wanting a career in Arts and Culture and had offered work experience, skills in CV writing and advice on conducting yourself in an interview.  Officers agreed to come back with data on engagement with diverse groups and gang members so that the Committee could assess whether engagement was taking place with groups that would not normally get involved.

The Legends of Forest volunteer programme had achieved over 7000 volunteered hours from 957 people.  The scheme was looking to broaden engagement from 16-29 year olds and the economically inactive.

Emerging data had shown there had been an economic impact with 83% of attendees at the hero events spending £4.1m locally before, during or after the event and  £1.6m of that had come from people living outside of the Borough.  A full report of the economic impact would be included in the final report.

 

The next stages of the Programme would look at the finale event, due to take place in Leyton and the development of the legacy programme.

 

A member of the committee expressed concern at the low turnout at some events and questioned whether they offered value for money.  It was noted that all the events had received similar promotion and marketing:  The Winter & Summer programme leaflets had been delivered to all households; the website publicised the events; information was held in libraries and articles printed in Waltham Forest News.  It was felt that the weather had a major impact in the numbers of participants at the events.

 

The Committee asked for an update on the participants of Eastside Story.  Lorna Lee stated that the BoC had formed partnerships that would look at how Arts and Culture  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

REVIEW OF POLICE STOP & SEARCH pdf icon PDF 277 KB

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report from Marcus Walton, Metropolitan Police.

 

Inspector Marcus Walton, Metropolitan Police presented his reported.  He stated that stop and search had always been a contentious issue.  The MPS had previously cut back on stop and search however 2018 saw a policy change to increase the volume and effective use of police stop and search. 

 

The Committee noted that

Knife crime is down 25% in Waltham Forest;

The majority of searches recovered small amounts of drugs.  These are dealt with proportionately so as not to criminalise young people;

Stop and Search is higher in Waltham Forest than other parts of London;

The quarterly monitoring group holds Officers to account to ensure powers are not abused and stop and searches are recorded properly; 

Officers are using tablets and IT to speed up paperwork and administration;

Police officers were sometimes nervous and intimidated with their stop and search powers however training was given to ensure that it is carried out professionally and all officers are skilled and experienced. It was felt that this is tool saves lives when used effectively;

S60 searches allow anyone in a prescribed area or a period of time to be searched;

The recent Chingfest event saw  61 searches on the day and 29  were directly related to Chingfest;

Body worn cameras are used in all stop and searches, however there are issues with the battery when left on during double shifts at events such as the Extinction Rebellion rally;

There is an emphasis on safeguarding young people and supporting the child and their family if they are found to be involved with gangs or exploited; and

Only 4% of people searched are female.  Research had shown that females often carry knifes for their partners however they are not stopped.  Male officers can search females however thorough searches need to be conducted by women officers. There was a reluctance to search girls and it was acknowledged that this needed to be addressed.

 

As a result, from questioning by the Committee, it was noted that:

 

An increase in Stop and Search does act as a deterrent.  There are concerns in schools and anecdotal evidence shows that young people feel empowered to carry a knife as think they will not be searched however statistics show they are 80% more likely to be stabbed if they carry a knife.

 

The statistics of searches by ethnicity do vary in the neighbouring boroughs.  The majority of people being stopped are 19-24 year olds and of those approximately a third of each are White, Black and Asian.  There is a need to monitor and assess data to ensure the that all stop and searches are proportionate, justified and properly recorded.

 

Safeguarding and engagement with parents takes place if child is found to be under 10 years old to ensure they are looked after.

 

The Committee asked if there was data from Tasking Team and whether the figures differ in North and South of the Borough.   Marcus Walton agreed to circulate  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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Minutes:

 

The Chair reminded the Committee of the themed review being undertaken jointly with the Adult Social Care, Children and Families and Communities Scrutiny Committees.

 

The VAWG team will produce a perpertrator programme and the three committees would scrutinise it and help carry out the pre-policy formation work.  The Community Scrutiny Committee would lead on the project and this would cut down on duplications across the three Committees.  The review would feed into policy document. The Chair asked the Committee to email her with comments and suggestions for the review and advised that she was meeting the Chairs of the other two scrutiny committees on 25 October 2019 and would report back in further detail at the next Communities Scrutiny meeting. 

 

Decision:

  • The Committee noted the report.