Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 5th June, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Laura Wilson  Senior Governance Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillor Cate Woodward

Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

None

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Confirmation of the minutes of the meeting held 6 March 2019

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Head of Legal and Governance

Minutes:

RESOLVED to note the contents of the updated Terms of Reference for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  

5.

Establishment of the Overview and Scrutiny Call-In Panel pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Report of the Head of Legal and Governance

Minutes:

RESOLVED to establish the Overview and Scrutiny Call-in panel, note its Terms of Reference, and note its membership.

 

 

6.

Knife Crime pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report of the Head of Legal and Governance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of the Council, delivered a presentation on the actions that Nottingham City Council (NCC) and Nottinghamshire Police have been taking in order to tackle knife crime within the city, highlighting the following:

 

(a)  Partnerships involving councils, the police and other stakeholders are key to tackling knife crime;

 

(b)  The city has previously had a reputation for violent crime. Through successful strategies and policies, the number of violent crimes in Nottingham halved around 4 or 5 years ago, but it has been increasing again recently;

 

(c)  Incidents of knife crime have increased in the past three and a half years, but the increase has slowed down recently;

 

(d)  Around half of victims and offenders involved in knife crimes in Nottingham City (not including those associated with domestic violence) are aged 25 and over, and a further quarter were aged 18 or over, which challenges the media assumptions that knife crime is a youth-related problem;

 

(e)  45% of knife crimes reported were personal robberies;

 

(f)  There are a number of strategic links with the police, schools, disability services, safeguarding, families, education and training providers, voluntary and community groups, the Courts and the City Economy which feed into the Serious Youth Violence and Exploitation Programme;

 

(g)  Criminal exploitation interlinks with a number of multiple vulnerabilities and offences including the child being exposed to and/or victim of physical and emotional violence, neglect, sexual abuse and exploitation, modern day slavery and human trafficking, domestic abuse and missing episodes;

 

(h)  ‘County Lines’ is a term used by government departments, law enforcement, local authorities and partner agencies to describe the use of mobile phone ‘lines’ by gangs looking to extend their drug dealing activities into locations outside of their metropolitan home areas;

 

(i)  Case studies from Chicago and Glasgow have helped inform the Serious Youth Violence and Exploitation Programme’s work;

 

(j)  The proposed approach breaks down into two areas:

 

a.  Phase One – Development of a responsive, deployable and flexible resource through a multi-agency hub;

b.  Phase Two– a systemic ‘public health’ approach to tackling the causative factors;

 

(k)  The Programme links together with Police Crime Commissioner’s Knife Crime Action Plan and aims to coordinate activities;

 

(l)  The Programme and its proposed governance was presented to, and agreed by the Nottingham Crime & Drug Partnership (CDP) Board in March 2019;

 

(m)  Over £490,000 in Troubled Families ‘Supporting Families affected by Youth Crime’ funding has been secured to work with schools and the voluntary sector;

 

(n)  A Play & Youth review and restructure is underway, which was presented to Executive Panel on 18 March 2019;

 

(o)  The Multi-agency Child Criminal Exploitation Panel was established in October 2018 and is currently tracking the ‘at risk’ cohort;

 

(p)  The Exploitation and Violence Reduction Hub (EVR Hub) was established in October 2018 to increase multi-agency support and capacity;

 

(q)  PCSOs in the EVR Hub are delivering the Street Aware programme in primary schools. 74% of all primary schools have either scheduled or completed the programme;

 

(r)  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 19/20 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Head of Legal and Governance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Zena West, Senior Governance Officer, updated the Committee on the Work Programme, as circulated with the agenda. Councillors suggested a written update to the October 2019 Committee from Nottingham Credit Union, following their presentation to the Committee in January 2019, and that Flooding be added to the list of items to be scheduled.

 

RESOLVED to note the Work Programme.

 

 

8.

Future Meeting Dates

To meet at 2pm (with a required pre-meeting for Councillors from 1:30pm) on the following dates:

·  5 June 2019

·  3 July 2019

·  4 September 2019

·  9 October 2019

·  6 November 2019

·  4 December 2019

·  8 January 2020

·  5 February 2020

·  4 March 2020

·  8 April 2020

Minutes:

RESOLVED to meet on the following dates at 2.00pm (with a required pre-meeting for Committee members from 1.30pm):

 

3 July 2019

4 September 2019

9 October 2019

6 November 2019

4 December 2019

8 January 2020

5 February 2020

4 March 2020

8 April 2020