Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday 1st November 2016 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

51.

Apologies and Substitutions

To receive notification of apologies and substitutions from Members.

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

 

52.

Declarations of Interest

To receive notification of any declarations of pecuniary and/or conflict of interest from Members.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made by Members of the Panel.

 

53.

Questions and Deputations

To answer questions and hear deputations, if any, asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.

Minutes:

There were no questions or deputations.

 

54.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To receive for information only and where applicable, the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 02 August 2016 were submitted for approval.

 

 resolved

That the minutes be agreed as a correct record, subject to the amendment of representatives job title from Chief Superintendent to Chief Inspector, for item 7 – Safer Solihull Partnership. There were no matters arising.

 

55.

Restorative Justice in the West Midlands pdf icon PDF 120 KB

This report sets out how Restorative Justice (RJ) is being delivered in the West Midlands. It also details how RJ activities provide opportunities for victims to be heard and to have a say in the resolution of offences.

 

Inspector Paul Foster, from the West Midlands Police Offender Management Team, will be in attendance for this item.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In attendance: Pali Obi (Youth Offending Team Manager, Solihull MBC) and Inspector Paul Foster (West Midlands Police, Offender Management Team)

 

The Youth Offending Team (YOT) Manager presented the covering report, detailing how Restorative Justice (RJ) was being delivered in the West Midlands. She explained how recognised positive outcomes stemming from RJ included reductions in reoffending rates and reduction in incidents of anti-social behaviour. The YOT Manager detailed how they had looked at the multi-agency approach to RJ in Birmingham and were aiming to replicate a similar model within Solihull, through a RJ Pilot Hub. It was noted that one of the key objectives for the RJ hub was increasing victim satisfaction rates, whilst a key area of focus was young offenders aged between 10-25 years.

 

The Inspector also provided an update and detailed the training programme in place, whereby staff were trained to RJ levels 1 and 2. It was explained that training to RJ level 1 enabled staff to respond to, where appropriate, low level, non-complex issues, such as acquisitive crime. RJ level 2 training enabled staff to respond to more complex, serious crimes – these were crimes that could involve multiple individuals, as well as incidents of violence. The Inspector detailed how an issue within Solihull was that RJ was applied on an ad-hoc, day-to-day basis, mainly through the Neighbourhood Policing Teams – there had been no previous pooling of resources across agencies to respond to complex cases.

 

The Inspector explained how research conducted locally indicated there were lost RJ opportunities – this was why, rather than exclusively attempting to embed RJ within existing Officers’ day-to-day work, they were also looking to establish a dedicated unit and were working in collaboration on this with the YOT.

 

During the discussion, Members raised a number of points and questions, including the following:

 

Members expressed surprise that RJ could be used in cases of serious, violent offences. The Inspector detailed how RJ could enable the offender to understand the impact of their crime – it was noted it could be applied after a custodial sentence. It was also emphasised that evidence indicated offenders were less likely to reoffend once they had gone through the RJ process. The Inspector explained it was recognised that serious cases involving violence were challenging and this was why there was a higher level of training for staff supporting this. It was also noted the integrated multi-agency model provided the opportunity to draw on the diverse range of skills available across the Partnership to support victims.

 

Members noted RJ would require effective multi-agency working. They queried how Officers would ensure clear communication, as well as effective data sharing across different agencies, especially where cases were recorded on different IT systems. The Inspector explained how they had commenced the pilot in Autumn 2016 and would review it after 3 months – this was to identify any strengths and barriers for RJ work. He detailed how he anticipated it was likely that information-sharing and recording were likely to be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.