safe & sound is a partnership made up of public sector and voluntary organisations covering Dudley borough.
By actively working together it aims to address community concerns around crime, disorder, Anti-social Behavior and substance misuse.
Responsible Authorities are under a statutory duty to ensure that key agencies come together to work in partnership in a Community Safety Partnership.
They are also expected to invite a range of local private, voluntary, other public and community groups including the public to become involved in the strategy process.
Responsible Authorities include:
Safe & Sound (Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership) is a Statutory Partnership.It is set up in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and its subsequent amendments as well as other relevant legislation.
Priorities for the Community Safety Partnership are identified through Dudley Borough’s Strategic Assessment and consultations and in line with legislative requirements. 2018/19 priorities will include:-
Reducing Reoffending and Reducing Repeat Victimisation
Community Cohesion (includes Prevent and Hate Crime)
Reducing Vulnerability – (including Substance Misuse, Mental Health, Modern Slavery and exploitation)
Domestic Violence and Abuse (including Violence Against Women and Girls Agenda)
Reducing Violent Crime
Road Traffic and Transport
The partnership will also need to consider issues in respect of online safety and business crime. The majority of the priorities will be taken forward through sub-groups of safe & sound (Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership) and will link in with the priorities of Dudley’s Safeguarding Adults Board, Dudley’s Safeguarding Childrens Board and Dudley’s Youth Offending Service Management Board.
There are formal links between safe & sound (Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership) and Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing Board. The priorities from the Health and Wellbeing Strategy are taken into consideration through the work of the Safe & Sound Sub-Groups.
There are also formal links to work that takes place at a regional level for example with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, the West Midlands Wide CSP, Modern Slavery, Preventing Violence Against Vulnerable People and Reducing Reoffending.
Through working in partnership safe & sound will contribute to the Borough’s vision in respect of building resilient communities.