Welcome to the August  BSHP Community Safety and Harm Reduction Briefing  

Welcome to the August  briefing. We are trying  a new format, so please let us know what you think  or if you would like to add anything to future  briefings.

We will continue to send out the briefing on a monthly basis,please don’t hesitate to circulate to interested colleagues

Catherine Brinsdon has joined Alan to enable us to continue to deliver BSHP Community Safety and Harm Reduction. Catherine will be working three days a week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday her contact details can be found at the end of this briefing.

The Birmingham Restorative Justice Service 

The new Restorative Justice Service is now available to all housing associations across Birmingham we are busy working on developing the service and will give a full briefing to members in the next issue. 
If you would like to hear more about the service or make a referral in the meantime please contact Alan Moorhouse or Catherine Brinsdon.

Hate Crime

Post EU referendum, hate crime has been an issue at the forefront of people’s minds with a number of  media reports  that there has been a huge increase in hate crime incidents and the reporting of them.
Across the West Midlands, community groups have been working hard to reassure communities and provide another way in which to report issues.
From West Midland Police, hate crime co-ordinator:
There has not been a sudden spike in hate crime within the West Midlands although we have seen a slight increase in reporting which is broadly in line with expectations. Other parts of the UK may have seen larger increases in reporting, however it is important to note that these are areas where traditionally there hasn’t been the reporting in the first place.

Hate crime is harder to quantify due to under reporting, so as soon as there are more reports there is then a perceived spike and due to the current social and political climate the media post-Brexit are focusing much more on hate crime, so there is a perception that much more is occurring.
To say there is a sudden spike in hate crime undermines confidence in public services and creates fear. Here in the West Midlands Police area, we have seen a steady increase in reporting over the past two years, which we attribute to more people feeling confident to come forward and report to us.

Nationally: The UK Government’s programme of actions to tackle hate crime until May 2020. The Plan will be reviewed in 2018.  (The Hate Crime Action Plan for 2016 to 2020:The Action Plan can be found at
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hate-crime-action-plan-2016 ).

Two key themes underpin the Plan: working in partnership with communities and joining up work across the hate crime strands to ensure that best practice in tackling hate crime is understood and drawn upon.

Hate crime has a particularly harmful effect on its victims, as it seeks to attack an intrinsic part of who they are or who they are perceived to be: their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average each year from 2012/13 to 2014/15.

 The Action Plan focuses five key areas to tackle hate crime: 

 1. Preventing hate crime by challenging the beliefs and attitudes that can underlie such crimes. 

2. Responding to hate crime in communities with the aim of reducing the number of hate crime incidents. 

 3. Increasing the reporting of hate crime, through improving the reporting process, encouraging the use of third party reporting and working with groups who may under-report. 

4. Improving support for the victims of hate crime through continuing to improve the use of Victim Personal Statements. 

 5. Building the understanding of hate crime through improved data.


Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Funding


Event Background

POCA money has been made available to spend in the Birmingham area.

Who can apply?

Local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies benefiting those that live in Birmingham.

How much can we apply for?

We are looking to fund as many as possible. To ensure that a number of projects can be funded you can apply up to a maximum of £1250.00 per project idea. You can submit more than one project but the total per group must not exceed£1,250.

What can we spend the money on?

Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using ‘loan sharks’ promotes legal, affordable credit options to prevent people from using loan sharks promotes financial management/budgeting to prevent people from using loan sharks preventing crime and disorder and promoting the stop loan sharks message
Grants cannot be made for staffing costs or to fund existing projects.

How will the money be allocated?

Each organisation who submits an application will have their project idea put online. Residents will be encouraged to vote for their favourite project and the winners will be those receiving the highest number of votes.

How do I apply?

You need to request an application form from via email. Full details are on the application form. Closing date for completed applications-noon 23/8/16.

E mail Christopher.connor@birmingham.gov.uk for the application form.


Job Vacancy: Community Co-ordiantor Position at Pioneer Group


We’re currently looking for a customer focused individual to take on the challenging yet rewarding post of a Community Co-ordinator. You’ll be responsible for delivering an excellent, comprehensive and proactive housing and estate management service to customers including the development of the older person’s portfolio.

Grade 5 £25,206 – £28,321


37 hours per week (Monday to Friday)  

The Community Co-ordinator must have;

  • Directly related housing experience
  • Knowledge of Landlord and tenancy law and practice
  • Experience of working in a difficult situations with the ability to diffuse potentially confrontational situations
  • Knowledge and experience of working in partnership with key stakeholders
  • The ability to organise and prioritise own workload and work on own initiative
  • Experience of line management and working with vulnerable older people would be an would be an advantage 


For an informal discussion please contact Jon Dickin, Community Manager on 0121 748 8135

Closing Date: Thursday 18th August at 12noon

Interviews will be held on Monday 5th September


Birmingham Residents Anti-Social Behaviour Victim Empowerment Project (BRAVE)
BRAVE is the Birmingham Residents Anti-Social Behaviour Victim Empowerment project. It is specifically funded by the Lottery and BCSP to support people living in Birmingham who experience persistent anti-social behaviour. The service is independent, free and confidential.

for more information: http://birminghamcsp.org.uk/our-work/anti-social-behaviour/brave.php


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