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Dorset Community Safety Partnership Terms of Reference

Purpose

The purpose of the Community Safety Partnership is to deliver safer communities as set out in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and relevant legislation. In doing this the partnership will co-ordinate community safety activity in Dorset at a strategic level; to reduce crime and the fear of crime, to address the risk, threat and harm to victims and local communities, and also to facilitate the strengthening of Dorset’s communities in the delivery of local initiatives.   

Key Areas of Responsibility

To do this the Community Safety Partnership will:

  • be a partnership body accountable for the delivery of safer communities including duties placed upon it by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and subsequent legislation in a transparent and open way
  • deliver the functions related to the duties through the most relevant group within the overall community safety partnership structure
  • develop strong linkages to local community safety partnerships and other partnerships/groups with similar objectives including the Partnership Coordinating Groups (PCGs) to assist in the delivery of local delivery priorities
  • develop appropriate mechanisms for the engagement of communities in tackling crime and fear of crime and accountability of community safety partners to the community
  • hold partners accountable under section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 for access to and use of resources and skills needed to mainstream community safety issues. This will include advice and recommendations to individual partners in appropriate circumstances.  In this regard to ensure the effective and lawful share of information between partners about Dorset and its people to tackle crime
  • monitor performance against community safety priorities at a local level and hold Partnership Co-ordinating Groups (PCGs) to account for delivery
  • to be responsible for reporting and explaining performance against a performance management framework across the Dorset Council area at the pan-Dorset Community Safety & Criminal Justice Board (CSCJB)
  • to be sighted on emerging threats and issues in Dorset and bring these to the attention of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Board (CSCJB) as required
  • to meet the requirements of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) as amended and statutory guidance in relation to domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) x) Contribute to the implementation of the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) and Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Strategies by ensuring that all work undertaken by the CSP demonstrates clear links with the wider safeguarding agenda
  • publish an annual Community Safety Plan, setting out the priorities for tackling crime and disorder and the projects being implemented

Statutory Duties

Legislation places a number of statutory duties on CSPs. Although the Dorset CSP retains accountability for these, it utilises the pan-Dorset Community Safety & Criminal Justice Board to deliver some of them on its behalf (as detailed in the table below).   

Statutory duties
Statutory CSP Duty DetailsGroup 
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)  In accordance with the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) as amended and any other relevant statutory guidance Dorset CSP 
Annual Partnership Strategic Assessment (PSA)  In accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, as amended, and any other relevant statutory guidance  CSCJB 
Community Safety Plan  In accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended, and any other relevant statutory guidance Dorset CSP 
Community Engagement and Consultation  In accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended, and any other relevant statutory guidance  Dorset CSP 
Information Sharing Protocol In accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended, CSCJB and any other relevant statutory guidance    CSCJB 
Reducing Reoffending Strategy In accordance with the Policing and Crime Act 2009 as amended, and any other relevant statutory guidance CSCJB

Membership

The membership of the CSP shall be:  

Core

  • Dorset Council
  • Dorset Police (Superintendent)
  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority
  • Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company
  • National Probation Service  

The quorum for meetings of the CSP shall be 3 core members.   

Other members  

Other community safety partners such as the Youth Offending Service, Public Health, Adult and Children’s Services, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service are invited to attend meetings of the Dorset CSP if they wish.  

A representative from each of the PCGs and lead officers for theme areas will be required to attend meetings in order to explain performance and actions.  

Members of the group will be supported by officers as required. 

Chairing Arrangements

The Chair of the group will be drawn solely from the elected member local authority representatives within the partnership’s core membership. The Vice Chair position will be drawn from the core membership.

The Chair has specific responsibilities in relation to DHRs as set out in the relevant statutory guidance.   

Decisions and Recommendations  

Decisions will be made in a democratic manner with all partners equal. Each core member has one vote. If there are equal numbers of votes for and against, the Chair will have a second or casting vote. Other regular attendees and observers do not have voting rights.   

Accountability and Governance  

Those members with individual statutory responsibilities will retain their responsibility for meeting their statutory duties and responsibilities.  

A bi-annual report will be brought to the CSP by the CSCJB. This will report on how the CSP functions have been discharged. The report will also be taken to relevant groups including local authority Crime and Disorder Committees.

Meetings will be held quarterly with meeting dates set a year in advance.

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