Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Suite. View directions
Apologies were received from Cllr Derek Shelbrooke with Cllr David Hurley as substitute. Apologies were also received from Chief Inspector Simon Alland, Kath Donald, Strategic Manager (Community Safety), Chris Carter, Community Safety Unit, Inspector and Julia Card, Gravesham IDVA.
The Minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday, 23 January 2014 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest were made.
Prevent/Channel and Anti-Radicalisation Initiatives
Presentation by Jackie Lineham and Julie Germaney (Special Branch) Kent Police
The Chair welcomed and introduced to the Committee the Divisional Intelligence Officer and Prevent Engagement Officer from Special Branch, Kent Police. The North Kent Division is based in North Kent Police Station, with three Officers including themselves, for the area.
The Officers provided a presentation to the Committee on the Prevent Strategy and Channel Process. The presentation covered the following:-
The Officers went through the Government Counter Terrorism Strategy, ‘Contest’. Contest is a nationwide, government counter terrorism strategy with arms including as Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare. Each arm has its own, aims and objectives which collectively make up the strategy for Contest. This presentation focuses on Prevent.
The aim of 'Prevent' is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and is a pre-criminal supporting Individuals, Institutions and challenging extreme ideology.
Members were explained the process of referral of any person of concern and went through ‘Channel’, a safeguarding process of referral of any person of concern and went through ‘Channel’, a safeguarding process, which is also used nationally and embedded here in Kent. Channel process is the Identify, Assess, and Intervene and this is a multi-agency process with all agencies responsibility.
The Officers went through and explained the current threat, and JTAC (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre) who assess this. At this current time the Threat is Severe from international terrorism, and the Officers explained where the threat comes from, International and Domestic and Lone Actors. The Committee were taken through risks and potential targets and discussed some recent cases from both international & domestic terrorism and the UK reporting system.
The presentation completed with a Q&A session and discussions with the Committee.
Members thanked the Officers for their informative and interesting presentation.
Presentation by Julia Card (Gravesham IDVA) & Greg Barry
The Chair welcomed and introduced Greg Barry from North Kent Women’s Aid who provided to the Committee a presentation on the work of the Gravesham Independent Domestic Advocate Service (IDVA).
Greg Barry passed on apologies from Julia Card, Gravesham IDVA to the Committee who could not attend the meeting.
Greg Barry commended the Council in its recent Scrutiny Review of Domestic Abuse and congratulated Gravesham for being the first in Kent to publish a Review and exposing the issues and creating healthy debate.
North Kent Women’s Aid (NKWA) was set up in the 1990’s and started with four refuges and has since expanded its service. As from 28 November, NKWA will be known as ‘Choices’. Choices will aim to work towards a preventative strategy as well as continue to provide the current specialist domestic abuse services to areas outside North Kent.
The Committee were talked through the process of the IDVA services, programmes offered and challenges such as resources, housing and partnership involvement.
It was explained that there are emerging forms of abuse such as Adolescent abuse towards parents which NKWA are developing resources in order to provide a service for. Predominantly the services offered are for women and no perpetrator programmes or services are offered.
The Assistant Director (Communities) confirmed to the Committee that Gravesham Borough Council have committed funding to North Kent Women’s Aid of £16.9k a year for a three year period.
The Presentation was closed with a Q&A session and discussion with the Committee.
Operations Manager (Community Safety) advised the Committee that a bid has been received for the funding of a Community Domestic Abuse Programme (CDAP) through CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives).
The Committee and Chair thanked Greg Barry in providing an informative presentation and offered their appreciation of the sterling work being carried out by the IDVAs and NKWA.
Assistant Director (Communities) agreed to pass on comments to the Housing Director in regards to Housing needs for persons fleeing domestic abuse.