EFUS and Partners activites in the UK

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NCSN becomes associated member of EFUS, 27 January 2010

The National Community Safety Network becomes associated member of the European Forum for Urban Safety, reinforcing an already well-established cooperation. 

Information sharing
Practitioners in the UK seem to be more and more interested to exchange with their European counterparts whilst EFUS members are also eager to learn from experiences in the UK. Therefore regular information sharing between NCSN and EFUS will take place,with regular contributions in each other’s newsletters. 

European Projects
NCSN and EFUS will collaborate on joint-ventured European project proposals and also the dissemination of the outcomes of the projects. The aim is to increase UK participants in EFUS’s projects and give NCSN members the opportunity to exchange at the european level.

Invitation to core events
The two organisations agreed to invite each other at core events, the NCSN Annual Conference, and EFUS General Assembly. The next NCSN Conference will be held in Belfast on 15th – 17th of June, the theme for the 2010 event is “Community Safety in Changing Times”. Here the mini web site of the conference.
EFUS will lead a workshop session on a European perspective of prevention of re-offending.

Leadership Academy, Coventry, 2-3 December 2009

The I&DeA organized on 2nd and 3rd of December 2009 a Leadership Training Academy in Coventry, UK. It was targeted at local elected officials who hold responsibilities in Community Safety in their local area. This groundbreaking training session was designed to help members better understand how community safety issues can be dealt with in partnership with other agencies, what the emerging issues are and provide an opportunity for local elected officials to share and discuss.

A varied panel of guest speakers came to present their views and experiences during two intensive days. To open the session, a representative from the Home Office was present to talk about the community safety landscape and emerging issues, and especially the government’s crime strategy for years to come.

A representative of Safer Milton Keynes presented the City’s strategy, from a Community Safety Manager’s point of view. A Councillor from the Bracknell Forest Council developed his own perspective. Amongst other things, they both insisted on the importance of putting Neighbourhood Action Groups into place, as they are an important link towards a better understanding of the community.

A speaker from I&DeA gave a presentation focused on the skills needed by councillors to deliver a community safety local strategy. He mainly developed on the do’s and don’ts of building an effective partnership. Two other speakers from I&DeA focused on how to successfully integrate community neighbourhood with community policing (the “exemplar sites”) and how to include the third sector in the Safety partnerships. They gave interesting good practices to encourage delegates in this way.

Speakers representing the Fire and Rescue Services and National Health Services also came to present their important work as statutory partners of local partnerships in the UK: responsibilities, strategy and objectives for the future.

The European Forum for Urban Safety was invited to participate to the two days and, after having presented EFUS, gave a talk on how to involve local councillors in community safety projects around Europe.

This training session was thoroughly stimulating for all participants and shows that active debates and discussions are taking place on the local level in the UK. Three questions – that were discussed transversely in nearly all presentations – seem to come out on the forefront.

Maybe the most important issue is the financial aspect of crime prevention: how can community safety policies be funded on a long term basis in a context of severe budgetary challenges? Another question is around the place of the Police: how is it possible to focus the attention of Police forces on the very micro-local level? The last one is focused on alcohol abuse by young people in the centre of urban areas: how can local authorities respond to the challenges set by these specific methods of alcohol consumption and specific festive gatherings?

It is enriching to see that these local debates, endorsed by local elected officials, are very close to those in other European countries.

NCSN Annual Conference, Leeds, June 2009

EFUS was present at the NCSN 14th annual conference which took place in Leeds, June 9th and 10th 2009. The objective, continued from 2008, was to “Share good practice to make a difference through debating and networking”. The conference was held around the prestigious Royal Armouries Museum.

The event provided a large range of plenary presentations (4 sessions including a presentation of EFUS by Elizabeth Johnston, Deputy Director) and various other sessions: workshops, break out sessions, master-classes and seminars (about 30 different choices!).

Summary of keynote speech: “Using the European level to make a difference locally”
Whilst they may not always have statutory responsibilities to fully ensure citizens’ safety, local authorities have to respond daily to a wide range of concerns of citizens, from fear of crime and anti-social behaviours to extreme situations of trafficking in human beings, in drugs or dealing with the aftermath of terrorist attacks.
Locally elected officials and community safety coordinators therefore require constantly renewed means to analyse and apprehend their political and social responsibilities.
Based on the belief that knowledge is created through exchange and confrontation of ideas, the network of the European Forum for Urban Safety has, for the last twenty years, been running thematic programmes aimed at promoting co-operation among cities to share know-how, develop opportunities and challenge existing practices.

The presentation outlined achievements, benefits and potential of these programmes to support the quest for new methods of delivering community safety.

NCSN Annual Conference, Liverpool, June 2008

 The  National Community Safety Network, a practitioners’ association in the United Kingdom, hosted its annual conference on safer communities on June 4-5, 2008 in Liverpool.

Tackling the motto “Sharing good practice to make a difference”, this conference aimed to:
– bring together representatives from community safety, police, fire and other related organisations to participate in critical debate
– promote and develop community safety knowledge that is practitioner-led
– enable idea generation and problem-solving discussion between delegates
– contribute to evidence-informed policy and practice that will be passed onto government
NCSN invited its members to submit presentations and workshops concerning examples of good practice or new research.

NCSN Convention for Safer Communities, Portsmouth, June 2006

The NATIONAL COMMUNITY SAFETY NETWORK brought together several hundred experts and practitioners for a large convention on community safety issues for its biggest ever event.
This multi-agency conference entitled “Convention for Safer Communities” was held in Portsmouth on June 13-15th 2006.

Main themes and workshops focused on neighbourhood policing, urban design and development, domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, youth, CCTV and other subjects under current debate.
EFUS actively participated in this event and gave a keynote speech on European cooperation, focusing on the advantages for local municipalities in cooperating across Europe and to look at what’s going on elsewhere. Information programmes of the ZARAGOZA CONFERENCE and details on EFUS’ projects were available at an information stand. 
The cooperation with the NCSN has also been reinforced by a regular column in their monthly newsletter “Network News”, providing info on EFUS’ activities to British urban safety professionals.
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Guest Speakers at the NCSN 2006 Convention: