Commission on Gangs and Violence

Gangs

The issue of gangs and violence is one that affects us all.

It cuts across all communities and only strong partnerships and unity will help us tackle it.

In answer to the ongoing violence in Birmingham, PCC David Jamieson launched the Commission on Gangs and Violence in March 2016. He wanted a community-led response to the problem.

Specialist providers, alongside statutory and voluntary sector agencies, are now leading a consultation and engagement process to ensure we listen to the concerns of the community and work with them to establish recommendations that respond to the things they have told us.

These specialist providers have been coordinating a series of interventions by the community and public sector agencies and will offer detailed responses to the spike in gun-related violence and community perceptions.

Here are the community perceptions so far:

-       A new generation of young people are being tempted by or drawn into gang-related activities and participation and therefore gangs are a persistent threat

-       The voices of young people are central in developing effective interventions

-       Not all recent fire arms offences and violent acts are gang-related

-       Community members are concerned about the lack of a sustainable partnership strategy to address the key issues associated with gang-related activities and violence

-       There has been a reduction in local voluntary and community activit 

-       There is a significant change in demographics in the area

-       Members of the community are telling us that 'something is different, things have changed' 

-       Members of the community have expressed concern about perceptions of confidence in the police

-       Members of the community have expressed a need to have a genuine and sustainable strategy and action plans that is community owned and driven 'from the bottom up', where the PCC and other partners are held accountable for what is commissioned.

-       Gang and youth violence has a devastating impact on the young people who get caught up in it, as well as their families and communities.   It is not an issue that any one agency or government department can tackle alone. It requires the police, teachers, social workers, housing officers, youth workers, employment advisers and many others working together, and sharing information in order to safeguard vulnerable young people and target the most violent.

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                                   Rev Dr Carver Anderson and Chief Constable Dave Thompson

The Gangs and Violence Commission is a partnership with the community to respond to the concerns.

There are a number of strands to the work that will cover all areas of community life:

-       Women and Families: led by Joan Campbell from Community Vision http://www.cvwm.org/

-       Elders/young people - intergenerational work led by Bobby Dennis

-       Prisoners/Offenders and Faith: Rev Robin Thompson from Bringing Hope www.bringinghope.co.uk

-       Young People: Craig Pinkney  and Tanayah Sam www.tanayahsam.co.uk

-       Youth Interventions: Lloyd Robinson www.get-to.co.uk

-       Young people and  diversionary activities: Lincoln Moses http://www.lincolnmoses.co.uk/

Underpinning the consultation work is a research and ethical framework being led by Rev Dr Carver Anderson. He is leading a research team that will gather evidence to allow us to understand the issues, and subsequently address the issues that are being raised. The key to this piece of work is that it is community-led from the outset, both through the process and also development and implementation of the recommendations. This approach will put local people at the heart of making changes to the area in which they live: community involvement will be an on-going process throughout the lifetime of the project.

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                              Rev Derek Webley is involved in the Commission

So what are we doing now?

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                                The community clean-up on Soho Road

Consultation and engagement events are going on right now. There have been meetings, summits, focus groups, there is an online youth survey, the first of a series of community clean-ups took place in November on Soho Road and surrounding areas and meetings with schools in the areas affected.  We are also looking opportunities for business involvement.  All this will lead to a better understanding of the problems to be addressed and a report detailing recommendations alongside a cross partner/community action plan.

http://birminghamnewsroom.com/city-unites-for-day-of-action-on-cleaner-greener-streets/

 

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                                   The Community clean-up on Soho Road

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                                     Youngsters take part in one of the youth summits

Want to get involved?

Consultation and events are still taking place, with the details below.  Information on events will continue to be updated as they are confirmed.  Remember, this is a rolling process which is responding to community concerns so please get involved.  There will be a best practice summit with our colleagues from London, Manchester and Liverpool to look at how they are responding to the issues they face around the issue of violence.  Please see the information below for further details.

Milestone

Description

Completion

 

Desk based literature Review

Academic to be commissioned to gather evidence to establish the current position of reports and recommendations to date to establish understanding of past work and recommendations made to date including Police Authority report, Black Radley Report, BRGV report, BRAP, John Coughlan, Faith in the City etc.

 

Establish demographic  and violence profile of Birmingham

 

Feb 2017

Programme of Events to pull together evidence

  • Meetings
  • Focus Groups
  • Roundtables
  • Consultation Events

with faith organisations, IAGs, community and residents groups, community activists, consultation events, mothers and families

Birmingham Citizens

 

Jan 2017

Youth strand of consultation to be commissioned

Targeted youth intervention work: specific strand of meetings, engagement, video/film  activity with an Action Plan

 

Jan 2017

16 Workshops to be delivered in the current  locations of knife bins

Words 4 Weapons will deliver 2 workshops to young people in locations to be confirmed.

Mar 2017

Delivery of the Precious Lives programme across Birmingham

Educate young people of the impact of youth crime on those and the families of those involved with the intention of diverting young people away from crime, in particular violent crime, e.g. knife carrying, gun crime, gang activity and CSE. This will be both to large mainstream school audiences as part of "citizenship" within PSHE curriculum and to more at risk groups with organisations for those excluded from mainstream education.

Mar 2017

Stocktake and review

Review activity of the Commission to date and ensure that the plan is on track

 

Dec 2016

Regular updates to Cllrs and MPs

Updates to be given to Cllrs, MPs, and Cabinet member with Community Safety Portfolio

 

Quarterly

Event in partnership with Manchester, Liverpool and London

Event in Central Birmingham to consider the activities taking place across the four force area looking at similarities, responses, best practice

Jan 2017

Summit to launch the recommendations and Action Plan

Community-led event to launch the report and action plan

Mar 2017

Commission to monitor progress

Commission will continue to meet monthly/bi-monthly to monitor progress and implementation

Quarterly

What's On

The 2nd WOMEN ON: Gangs and Violence 

Community Consultation Event

Organised by Community Vision CIC on behalf of The Commission on Gangs and Violence  

Saturday 19th of November 201611-4pm

@Brookfield Life Development Centre, 37 New Spring Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 7LG

"Historically the debate about how to prevent and tackle gangs has been male-dominated yet we know that women have valuable contributions to make as mothers, partners, sisters and professionals. We value your experience and want to put your voice and the voice of other women back into the debate to look at how we can tackle such issues to reduce the devastating impact on communities. The Commission on Gangs and Violence was launched in March 2016 in response to the recent surge in serious violence in Birmingham, which has sadly resulted in life changing injuries and the loss of life. 

We are reaching out to women as your feminine energy is needed to assist in bringing calm to troubled waters. Do not underestimate the power and productiveness of a focussed group of women in addressing the social issues that affect communities. This event is for all women of all races, faith, none faith. So do share this info widely so we can get diverse representation to enrich the debate.

The day will be facilitated by Joan Campbell, Director of Community Vision and the Women and Families Lead on The Commission on Gangs and Violence. Criminologist Craig Pinkney will set the context to the solution focussed interactive workshop.

The feedback from this event will be collated and included in the WOMEN ON project report which will be submitted to The Commission on Gangs and Violence and used to inform a city wide strategy. 

Caribbean lunch is provided. 

Places are FREE but limited so do book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place email joan@cvwm.org"

Open Days

(More details to come on the following events)

Two open day will be held in January

Best Practice Summit January 2017

Launch of the Report and Action Plan March 2017