Safe City Strategic Assessment
The Southampton Safe City Partnership co-ordinates multi-agency action on community safety to improve lives and foster stronger communities by reducing crime, anti-social behaviour, alcohol misuse and supply, and the use and harm caused by drugs throughout the city. Partners include the five statutory authorities; Hampshire Constabulary, Southampton City Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Probation Services and Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). In addition, there are representatives from the Youth Offending Service (YOS), Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) and the Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU).
It is a legislative requirement for the Partnership to undertake a Strategic Assessment each year. This is a public document, which provides an overview of current and future crime, disorder and community safety issues affecting Southampton and makes recommendations to enable the Partnership to focus the Southampton Safe City Strategy and local delivery plans, ensuring they continue to meet the needs of the city. The Strategic Assessment includes the following:
- An analysis of the levels of crime and disorder and substance misuse in the area
- Changes in those levels and why these changes have occurred
- Views of local people living and working in the area in relation to crime and disorder and substance misuse
- Identification of gaps in knowledge which need to be addressed
- Recommendations for matters which should be prioritised
The Southampton Safe City Partnership have agreed that a full assessment will be conducted in line with the need to refresh the Southampton Safe City Strategy; every 3-5 years. For the interim years, a lighter touch refresh assessment will be conducted which monitors key trends and themes identified in the full assessment, but does not go into as much depth or attempt to make additional recommendations. For this reason, refresh assessments should be read alongside the latest full assessment for a complete understanding of community safety issues in Southampton. The most recent publication is for 2018/19 and is a full assessment. The full reports, individual chapters (where applicable), summary slide sets and the data compendium that informed the assessments are available below, along with previous versions of the assessment.