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Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference Awareness Sessions

MARAC is the multi-agency response to high risk domestic abuse in the West Midlands, and stands for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference. From January to April 2022, West Midlands MARAC will be hosting a series of online events which have been created in order to establish better connections with key sectors and improve their understanding of, and access to, the MARAC process.

It is absolutely necessary to ensure that families coming through the MARAC process are fully represented by services, regardless of their circumstances, and the only way for us to do this is to ensure that MARAC is better connected.

To achieve this, West Midlands Police will host a series of six sector-specific events which will offer new and existing partners, charities and services a window into the MARAC world, the opportunity to discuss how their organisation and provision can work with the police, and ultimately provide them with a seat at the table in shaping how we can improve representation and access to MARAC for all high-risk victims.  The sessions are designed so attendance is only required at one, rather than all six.

The associated sectors are as follows:

  • Community Organisations (including Grassroots, and ‘By and For’) Children’s and Youth
  • Male Victims and Gender Roles
  • Disability, Mental Health and Older Persons
  • LGBTQ+
  • Housing and Homelessness

If you can’t make the event specific to your sector, feel free to join any, where much of the content will be similarly informative and relevant.

Attendance at these virtual events is strongly encouraged for all individuals and organisations working in these areas.  The Police are particularly keen to see attendance from organisations who work with under-represented groups, regardless of the size of the organisation.

The Police will assist you with understanding the wider referral pathways available to you here in the West Midlands, with a focus on high risk disclosures and how the MARAC process works, better equipping you in the event of a disclosure.

Please see link to a selection of free MARAC awareness sessions, bookable via Eventbrite.

Contact the West Midlands MARAC Team at marac_referrals@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk



Funded Opportunities to join the Police Commissioner in ending violence against women and girls

Sandwell Council currently have several service tenders open for funding opportunities through the Safer Streets 3 – violence against women and girls – VAWG fund.

Addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a key priority of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Simon Foster. There has been a strong response from the community on this issue and it has been acknowledged nationally with the introduction of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021.

We know that women and girls in our community are at disproportionate risk of a wide range of crimes; this is unacceptable and our response seeks to ensure that women and girls feel safe in the West Midlands.

Through these specifications, the PCC seeks to appoint partner organisation(s) who will deliver the management and separately the communications lead for the OPCC awarded Safer Streets 3, Violence Against Women and Girls Fund project.

The deadline is COP Tuesday 7th December.

More detail can be found via the link below.


ACT Early Partnership with Netmums

August has seen the continuation of the partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and Netmums to highlight the ACT Early website, which is for parents, friends and families who are concerned about loved ones at risk of radicalisation.

Through the partnership, ACT Early content is being housed and promoted on the Netmums.com site and its social media channels.  The content includes articles, videos and an interactive forum where parents can ask questions of expert practitioners on the risks of radicalisation.

It can all be found at: Netmums.com/act-early.

Thousands have parents have already learned more about the work of Prevent and how to protect their own children from the risks of radicalisation and other forms of online grooming.

Police and Crime Plan Consultation

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, wants to hear what people’s priorities are, what crimes they are most concerned about and their views on the way the police is funded.

A PCC’s term is normally four years, but the pandemic delayed last May’s voting by 12 months so on this occasion it will be a three year term. Simon Foster has already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and deployed to local communities across the region. Some of the PCC’s priorities include tackling knife crime and domestic abuse. His Police and Crime Plan will set out a much wider range of policy objectives and the PCC wants to hear the views of the public before writing it.

The consultation will run until 10.00 am on 14th September 2021.

The new West Midlands Police and Crime Plan is set to be published in October once it has been considered by the cross-party Police and Crime Panel.

The consultation is also available in other formats on request.

For further information on the consultation, click here.


West Midlands Police and Crime Panel seeks Independent Panel Member

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel are looking for a community-minded individual to become a member. You will act as an independent voice, sitting alongside Councillors from the seven local councils in the West Midlands area, to scrutinise the work of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

The West Midlands has recently elected a new Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to make sure West Midlands Police is run effectively and community needs are met. They set the police budget and priorities and bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to fight crime and help victims.

The Panel is an independent body that publicly scrutinises the activities and priorities of the Commissioner – acting as a critical friend by providing both constructive challenge and support. The Panel is an integral part of the governance structures for policing by promoting open, accountable and transparent decision-making.

This is an exciting opportunity for a member of the public with community-based experience and an interest in policing, community safety and victim support, to apply their insight and skills to reviewing the strategic plans, budget and performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Term of appointment:
Fixed three-year term, starting in July 2021.

This is a voluntary role but travel and carers expenses can be claimed.

Induction and other appropriate training will be provided.

Time commitment:
Attendance at approximately six meetings a year plus preparation time. Meetings are usually held on Mondays 1 pm – 5 pm, across the West Midlands. Dates for the year are set in advance. More information about the Police and Crime Panel and the Independent Panel Member role is in our Recruitment Pack

See details on how to apply at www.westmidlandspcp.co.uk.  Applications forms should be returned to wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is 6 June 2021. Interviews will be week commencing 28 June 2021. The first Panel meeting will be on 12 July 2021.

For informal inquiries please contact the Panel Officer on email at wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

Applicants must be over 18 and live or work in the West Midlands. Please see full eligibility criteria in the recruitment pack. The Panel welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, including those with caring responsibilities.


West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Victims Summit

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has announced his final annual Victims Summit will be taking place virtually on Thursday, 25th February 2021. The theme of this year’s summit is ending Violence against Women and Girls.

Violence against women and girls has been defined by the United Nations as ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.’

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the reduction in the perpetration of some crime types, violence against women and girls has been referred to as the shadow pandemic with the number of victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence continuing to rise.

A core priority of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan has been preventing and detecting hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage and honour based abuse, FGM and sexual exploitation, many of which have also been held as key priorities of the Victims Commission. The majority of these hidden crimes disproportionately impact women and girls.

The prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls must continue to be prioritised across the whole system and the Victims Summit will enable key stakeholders and partners to come together to hear from Keynote speakers Dame Vera Baird and Jess Philips MP, and engage in discussion on tackling these issues. Themes which will be discussed on the day include violence against women and girls, working effectively with domestic abuse perpetrators, the impact of Covid-19 and PCC priorities.

The agenda and further details of how to access the meeting on Zoom will be shared once partners have signed up to attend.

Please direct any queries to Jennifer Alder, Sexual Assault and Abuse Services Coordinator, on 07436 781920.

Small Charity Guide to Cyber Security

Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your charity is as protected as possible from cybercrime threats and fraud. A good place to start is the National Cyber Security Centre’s Small Charity Guide. How to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost is explained in this free guide.

To download your copy click here.

Source: National Cyber Security Centre

Young Voices Need to Be Heard

West Midlands Police seek the views of young adults to influence national child-centred policing strategy.

Local police are working with the national justice charity Revolving Doors Agency to understand young adults’ (18-25 year olds) views and experiences of policing.

If your organisation works with young people, please guide them to the questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DDHQSVT

The survey closes on December 31st 2020.

Advice and guidance from the Counter Terrorism Policing to Faith groups

Following the recent attacks in France and Austria, the local Policing Unit at Sandwell would like to send a message. West Midlands Police are always here to help and support, and understand that these times can raise community concerns.

To report a crime, incident or any concerns, please contact the police via Live Chat on the website, www.west-midlands.police.ukbetween 8 am and midnight or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

This is an emotive time for all faiths, communities and those people affected. Please be vigilant of any concerns related to these attacks with individual or groups, and let the police know. There will be a lot of talk and discussion, on online platforms and social media, so please ensure children and the vulnerable are kept safe online. If you need advice, guidance or resources on online safety, please contact Prevent Education Officer, at justin_nixon@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07790396643.

Sandwell Prevent Team contacts.

Further information.

Free training on Hate Crime

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime. Introduction to hate crime Level 1 is a basic awareness course developed in partnership with Dudley Safe and Sound and Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board.

This awareness package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with people who may need support around hate crimes. It is important that everyone is able to understand the basics of hate crimes and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Course aims
• To define Hate Crime
• Raise awareness of different types of Hate Crime
• To understand what indicators to look for
• To understand how to respond to it.

The free training is available via this link.

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