Efforts are being stepped up to help residents feel safer, while making all sections of the community feel more included as part of a long-term plan in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
The new Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership Strategy (2021-2024), which has been developed by the Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership and is informed by local intelligence, sets out six key strategic priorities.
These are: reducing the harm caused by serious organised and acquisitive crime, increasing safety for vulnerable adults and children, improving pathways out of offending and reoffending, increasing community cohesion and reducing antisocial behaviour and hate crime, reducing public place violent crime with a focus on youth safety and tackling social inequality and the drivers of crime.
The new strategy builds on the Partnership’s existing workstreams, which have focused on delivering an innovative programme for safeguarding children and young people against the growing threat of exploitation and the impact of youth violence.
Kevin Boram Chair, Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership said: “The pandemic has created many challenges, but it is clear some have been impacted more adversely than others.
“The pandemic has clearly shown the value and importance of our communities, their cohesion and resilience. At the same time, it has emphasised the challenges we are facing, this strategy builds on those strengths and uses an asset based community approach to build on each communities’ strengths to tackle the issues it faces. We recognise the importance of social inequality and other drivers of crime and will focus on measures to reduce their impact and work with other services to provide a safe and sustainable environment and opportunities for all.”
The aim of the Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership Strategy (which was endorsed at a meeting of the Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee last week) is to make Adur and Worthing places where people who live, work and visit feel safe and are safe. With an emphasis on women and girls’ safety, and understanding the impact of crime and disorder on black and minoritized ethnic communities.
The Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership consists of Adur and Worthing Councils, The Office of Sussex Police Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, The National Probation Service, West Sussex County Council and the Community Works (Voluntary Sector), with funding from the West Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership.