Norfolk County Council manages Norfolk’s Countywide Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP). The NCCSP comprises the statutory partners – the County Council, all 7 district councils, police, probation, fire and CCGs – as well as the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, YOT and housing. These partners are all committed to working together in partnership with victims and communities to tackle crime and disorder within the county, striving to keep Norfolk one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit.
The NCCSP has a key role to play in developing practical ways partners can work differently in localities with the ambition being to achieve:
- Greater integration of delivery across partners on the ground
- Increased prevention and reduced demand through community resilience
- Protection of the most vulnerable people
Our approach is evidence-based, and follows from a Strategic Assessment of crime and disorder issues in Norfolk. This combines police and partner data with professional knowledge from other stakeholders. Using this approach the NCCSP Plan (2018-2021) has determined three key priorities where a multi-agency response is required as the issues are complex and require collaboration to make an impact:
- Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence – working as a beacon of best practice with national domestic abuse charity SafeLives
- Preventing Extremism & Radicalisation – ensuring we embed our response into our safeguarding approach
- County Lines – developing a public health approach to tackling violence and vulnerability.
There is a designated lead agency for each priority, with a multi-agency strategic board which coordinates delivery against action plans and holds partners to account on their individual responsibilities. These boards all report progress to the quarterly CCSP meeting.
Each district has an Operational Partnership Team which enables joint working between partners to resolve anti-social behaviour affecting the most vulnerable people in our communities, as well as the most entrenched anti-social behaviour issues. Increasingly, these arrangements form part of Norfolk’s approach to district-based Early Help hubs to identify vulnerable persons and deliver coordinated support.