Safer West Sussex Partnership (SWSP)

Working to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in West Sussex.

The Safer West Sussex Partnership brings together community safety partnerships (CSPs), along with other key agencies, to provide a coordinated approach to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in West Sussex.

Membership of the group currently includes:

Local priorities

Each district and borough CSP undertakes an Annual Strategic Assessment that identifies crime and disorder priorities using partnership data. Consultation with communities is a key part of this process, allowing residents' views to be included as part of the review for their local area.

Once all priorities have been identified, CSPs publish them in their partnership plans, which are available online through district or borough websites.

West Sussex Community Safety Agreement

The West Sussex County Community Safety Agreement is the Partnership Plan for the whole of the county. It pulls together information from the CSPs and other West Sussex agencies to provide a whole picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the county, and shows how the partnership is working to deal with identified issues.

Domestic abuse accommodation and support strategy

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 requires local authorities to publish a strategy setting out how they will protect and assist survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation. In Sussex we have developed a draft strategy that covers East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. We believe the proposed strategy will make a real difference to the lives of survivors and their children.

Over 70 stakeholders, professionals, service providers and survivors took part in engagement meetings to inform a needs assessment. This helped us to understand current provision, and identify gaps and opportunities for improving the offer. In response to the findings of the needs assessment we have identified six strategic priorities, which are:

  • Consistent and collaborative - Promoting multi-agency and partnership commissioning and working to ensure a consistent offer across Sussex.
  • Diverse and appropriate - Providing a wide range of appropriate safe accommodation and support options.
  • Accessible and inclusive - Ensuring services are accessible to all victims/survivors and meet the specific needs of those with the full range of protected characteristics.
  • Responsive - Establishing specialist provision to support victims/survivors with multiple complex needs.
  • Victim-centred - Empowering victims/survivors through expanding choices and enabling more victims/survivors to remain in their own homes.
  • Trauma-informed - Embedding trauma-informed practice in services and processes through training and specialist knowledge.

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Last updated:
3 October 2022
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