Serious Violence and Exploitation Strategy 2019-2022

Purpose of the consultation

Wolverhampton’s draft Serious Violence and Exploitation Strategy 2019-2022 reflects the national shift towards tackling all forms of serious violence and exploitation in a holistic manner.

Where previously the city had developed individual strategies for each strand of exploitation; this strategy robustly addresses all related issues together rather than individually. 

Recognising that offending behaviour is changing and becoming more complex the draft strategy aims to tackle the root causes of violence and exploitation using a strengthened partnership approach to provide relevant early interventions and preventative measures and striking a balance with enforcement action.  

Current Stage
Currently governance for addressing issues of violence, gangs, modern slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation, organised crime and associated harms is split between the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards. Proposals for the Serious Violence and Exploration Strategy are for shared governance to be held between the three Boards to ensure robust and specialist oversight.  

The strategy has been drafted following analysis of current data trends, local and regional intelligence and working alongside partners and stakeholders who are involved in the delivering interventions and work streams in line with this agenda.

Consultation Methodology
For efficiency purposes the consultation will be delivered using a range of different methods, including an electronic questionnaire, engagement with partners and the public through a range of existing networks and work across targeted locations and with hard to reach groups.

The online survey web-link will be emailed to target audiences making the completion of the questionnaire straightforward. The web-link will also be publicised on the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards’  websites, and on partners’ websites where possible.  Opportunities will also be taken to seek feedback on the strategy following presentations to a variety of partnership groups.  Alternative methods of responding, such as provision of paper copies of the survey will also be accommodated for interested parties who do not have access to the internet or do not wish to respond electronically. 

This consultation will run for a 12-week period in line with Wolverhampton’s Compact agreement. The consultation period is 17 December 2018 – 12 March 2019.

This is a key opportunity to influence how services will be delivered over the next few years, so please take this opportunity to be part of shaping the city’s future.

The draft Serious Violence and Exploitation Strategy 2019-2022 can be viewed here. You will need to read the draft strategy before completing the survey. 
Thank-you for your time and input.

Closing date for consultation: 12 March 2019.

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