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Community Engagement Pathfinder Programme - Problems & Processes Report 1

Community Engagement Pathfinder Programme - Problems & Processes Report 1

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Two reports entitled Narrowing the Gap: Problems and Processes report 1 and Solutions report 2. The reports provide the Metropolitan Police and community safety partnerships with new thinking on how best to work with minority communities to reduce problems such as gangs and youth crime.

The reports are the culmination of an innovative initiative with communities described as being "high-risk/low engagement" communities, named the Community Engagement Pathfinder Programme. The programme was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London.
Two reports entitled Narrowing the Gap: Problems and Processes report 1 and Solutions report 2. The reports provide the Metropolitan Police and community safety partnerships with new thinking on how best to work with minority communities to reduce problems such as gangs and youth crime.

The reports are the culmination of an innovative initiative with communities described as being "high-risk/low engagement" communities, named the Community Engagement Pathfinder Programme. The programme was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London.

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REPORT 1
International School for Communities, Rights and InclusionUniversity of Central Lancashire
Commissioned by Metropolitan Police Service
NarrowingThe Gap
Problems and Processes
Bob McDonaldDr Clare CollinsYaser MirNicole Crompton
OCTOBER 2008
Community EngagementPathfinder Programme
 
The authors gratefully thank all the individuals,whomust remain anonymous and who gave their time to beinterviewed,or participate in focus groups,from communitiesin Redbridge,Newham,Haringey,Tower Hamlets and Ealing.We especially commend and thank the five participatingcommunity organisations from the five Boroughs for theirsupport,hard work and commitment throughout thePathfinder programme’s first Phase;these are the Leagueof British Muslims,Saiva Munetta Sangam,BRACE atCollege of North East London,Da’watul Islam and theSomali Youth Union.We thank senior police officers from the Diversity andCitizen Focus Directorate of the Metropolitan PoliceService and Borough Liaison Officers/Partnership Inspectorsand colleagues from all the participating Boroughs.We also thank staff of local authorities,community safetypartnerships,voluntary organisations and CDRP membersfor their supportive and constructive assistance,especiallyin the Exchange Forums.
“We need to narrow the gap...get to know each other intimately,break those barriers and build trust and confidence so that wefeel comfortable in each other’s company.”
(community respondent,Redbridge)
The new International School for Communities,Rights andInclusion (ISCRI) is a new and dynamic body at UCLanand has absorbed the principal functions and expertise ofthe Centre for Ethnicity & Health (CEH).As such,the newSchool has taken oversight within the university of theMPS Community Engagement Pathfinder Programme.The School builds on the success and innovationdemonstrated by CEH over the last decade in its extensivework with diverse groups who experience discriminationand/or disadvantage
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The guiding ethos that hasunderpinned CEH’s community-based research,nowmanaged within ISCRI,is that the process should benefitthose who are being researched.Through this approach,acclaimed models of community engagement andorganisational change have been developed.The model of community engagement pioneered by CEH isdistinguished by the way it dynamically engages communitygroups and individuals through their direct collaborationwith a wide range of service providers and planners.Thismodel has previously been implemented successfully acrossa wide variety of communities.These have represented some35 different ethnic groups and nationalities with programmefunding of over £12 million provided by central government,and regional and local agencies for engaging over 350community groups.2,500 individuals have been recruited,consulting and engaging over 50,000 community members.These programmes have been commissioned specifically toaddress recognised gaps in the engagement of marginalisedand excluded communities in meaningful and sustainedways in the design,development and delivery of a range ofpublic and voluntary sector services (eg policing,criminal justice,problematic drug use,mental health,regeneration,sexual health and education).CEH now finds a home within the new internationalschool at UCLan which will dynamically develop its workin key areas.The new School combines four existingCentres with a number of subsidiary Institutes andprogrammes into a cohesive arrangement.These are:CEH - the Community Engagement programme,Equality and Human Rights,the Institute for Philosophy,Diversity and Mental Health,INCLUDE (the SocialInclusion Unit) and INSPIRE (the Institute for Healthand Social Care Leadership and Innovation)Centre for Professional Ethics (CPE)Centre for Volunteering and Community Action (CVCA)Islamic Studies.ISCRI has a newly established partnership with the BritishMuslim Heritage Centre in Manchester bringing importantnetworking opportunities for academic collaborationdevelopment in the Gulf and Middle East,in South Asia,and across the world.ISCRI’s focus also revolves aroundcommunity action,social enterprise and with thestrengths of CPE and IPDMH will create an internationalInstitute of Mental Health.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSINTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FORCOMMUNITIES, RIGHTS AND INCLUSION
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These have included Blackand minority ethniccommunities;refugees andasylum seekers;offenders;people with disabilities;mental health service users;lesbians,gay men,bisexualand transgendered people;older people;and youngpeople at risk of developinghealth and social harms.
 
1EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
41.1
Rationale
41.2
Objectives
41.3
Participating Community Organisations
41.4
Methods
41.5
Emerging Lessons from the Process
51.6
Priority Issues from Phase 1
61.6.1
Trust and Confidence in Policing
71.6.2
Violent Extremism
71.6.3
Gang Crime
71.6.4
Organised Crime and Gang Recruitment
81.6.5
Hidden Crimes
81.6.6
Exchange Forum Issues
81.7
Next Steps - Pathfinder Phase 2
8
2INTRODUCTION
9
3REPORTING CONTEXT
10
4PATHFINDER PROGRAMME AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
11
5PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND BOROUGHS
12
6EMERGING LESSONS FROM THE PROCESS
136.1
Foreword
106.2
The Challenge
106.3
Value of an Independent Facilitator
106.4
Non Agenda-based Consultation
146.5
Community-led Consultation
156.6
Appropriate Locations
166.7
Community Consultation Confidence
166.8
Selection of Phase 2 Priorities
176.9
Gathering Data from Consultation
176.10
Developing Trust and Confidence through Engagement
186.11
Impact on CEWs
196.12
Involvement and Engagement with Stakeholders
206.13
Community Perceptions of Stakeholder Behaviour
20
7PRIORITY ISSUES FROM PHASE 1 CONSULTATIONS
227.1
Introduction
227.2
Priority Issues Summary
227.3
Trust and Confidence in Policing
227.3.1
Lack of Trust
247.3.2
Stop and Search & Unfair Treatment
247.3.3
Customer Service Concerns
257.3.4
Effect on Reporting Crime
267.3.5
Fear of Reprisals
267.3.6
Potential Solutions
277.4
Violent Extremism
287.4.1
Religious/racial Harassment
297.4.2
Vulnerability to Recruitment and Radicalisation
307.4.3
Potential Solutions
307.5
Gang Crime
317.6
Organised Crime & Drugs – Gang Recruitment
337.7
Hidden Crimes
347.8
Issues for Exchange Forums
34
8NEXT STEPS - PATHFINDER PHASE 2
36
9REFERENCES
37
APPENDIX A
Black and Minority Ethnic – Faith Communities
38
APPENDIX B
ISCRI Model of Community Engagement
39
APPENDIX C
Literature Review on Community Engagement and Policing
41
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CONTENTS
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