05 November, 2019
After months of planning and consultation, the ASC Forbes service launched our much-awaited Best Practice Partnership Network at the Novotel in Leeds on Thursday 26th September 2019.
The purpose of this initiative is to improve collaborative working between Registered Housing Providers, Police, Fire and Social Care when dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour and safeguarding issues.
Approximately 60 delegates from a range of different agencies were in attendance, many of whom were decision makers and influencers. There was a strong consensus in the room to finally tackle the ongoing "blockages" which exist around information sharing, escalation of safeguarding thresholds and engaging with Mental Health Teams. Furthermore, there was a clear willingness to keep things simple and make the best use of our collective resources in order to keep vulnerable people safe and sustain local communities from Halifax through to Wakefield. It was encouraging to see organisations such as The Children's Society and the National Probation Service also coming on board and offering training for our clients.
We were delighted to have Mr. Mark Burns-Williamson (Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire) to open this event. The endorsement that he has given to the Best Practice Partnership Network will enable us to ensure that the role of housing is firmly embedded within the community safety arena. In doing so, this will also continue to promote the reputation of Forbes as a leading and innovative law firm in this field.
In addition to the delivery of sessions on the importance of effective partnership working and legal intervention by Darren Burton and Shirley Faragher respectively, there was a varied mix of guest speakers presenting on the day. These included West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and ROC (Redeeming our Communities).
We have received lots of positive feedback from delegates and there is already considerable interest for us to replicate the Best Practice Partnership Network in other regions - Lancashire and Merseyside are two areas that have been mentioned so far.
As part of the our "next steps" we have arranged to meet up with the Communities Directors and Community Safety Partnership Managers from each of the five Local Authorities across West Yorkshire. This is to enable us to clarify what ASB / Safeguarding forums and referral mechanisms are currently in existence so that our clients and other Registered Providers throughout the region access them going forward.
For more information contact Darren Burton in our Housing & Regeneration department via email or phone on 01257 240827. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.