To consider a report of the Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services providing the Committee with a progress report of the Community Safety Partnership.
The Committee had before it and NOTED a *report from Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services providing the Committee with a progress report of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP).
He outlined the contents of the report and gave an overview of the financial implications of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR). He explained that the reviews were legally required where a death occurred through violence in the home and it may be where domestic violence or other safeguarding issues were previously known to the authorities. One of the key purposes of the DHR was to see if there were any multi-agency lessons to be learnt from such tragic events which in turn could inform CSP activities and initiatives
He explained that the East and Mid Devon CSP were currently considering the latest Devon Strategic Assessment and a consultation in July to develop a new CSP Action plan had attracted over 30 organisations or interested parties. He said that there would be a slightly different approach going forward.
The Committee discussed why only Tiverton High School had been mentioned in many of the initiatives mentioned in the report but not any other Mid Devon secondary schools. It was explained by the Cabinet Member for Working Environment and Support Services that Queen Elizabeth School Crediton had been approached but had not wanted to take up the offer of being involved in the initiatives. It was explained by Cllr A R Berry that Uffculme School had also been approached and that they had other programmes in place covering the same topics.
The Committee requested that the details of the 6 primary schools who had taken up internet safety training were made known to Members.
Members requested that future reports on ASB activity were broken down by Ward.
The Committee discussed the issues of drugs and drug trafficking in Mid Devon and noted that Neil Parish MP was going to raise the issue with the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer.
The Committee discussed the issue of forced marriages and child sexual exploitation in Mid Devon and the Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services stated that this may be an area in which the CSP could help to get the information across.
The Chairman thanked the Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services for his report and reminded the Committee they had a duty to scrutinise the Community Safety Partnership and its actions.
Note: *Report circulated and attached to the minutes.