At Greenfields, we pride ourselves on being more than a landlord, and that means we do what we can to help our residents live happy lives in safe and vibrant communities. This involves entering a data sharing protocol with Braintree’s Community Safety Partnership and working with Essex Police and others if it would help prevent or reduce crime and disorder. Here, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator Lyn Lucas reveals how we support victims of crime, abuse and anti-social behaviour.
Every Wednesday, I work with partner agencies to ensure that we provide the best service for our residents. Some need additional support, while we monitor the behaviour of those residents who affect others in a negative way, by causing anti-social behaviour or committing crime.
My partnership day includes three different roles.
The first thing I do today is the administration for our high-risk Domestic Abuse cases.
The Essex Multi Agency Risk Assessment Team (MARAT) receives referrals from agencies district-wide to safeguard victims of domestic abuse. I’m advised of any Greenfields residents who are victims or suspects, and the cases are then discussed daily at the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC).
Today I check the case lists and log all Greenfields cases on the Essex Housing database so all agencies involved can see what each are doing to safeguard victims. These cases are updated weekly using the information I receive from our Neighbourhood Co-ordinators, who will have regular contact to support the victims or take action against the perpetrators.
Next, I am off to Braintree District Council’s (BDC) offices to attend the fortnightly Community Safety Partnership meeting. This is a multi-agency meeting to discuss and find solutions for community issues and individuals needing support. Attendees include BDC Community Safety and Housing, Essex Police, Children’s Social Care, Probation, Education, Floating support, Family Solutions, Safer Places and Full Circle (an agency supporting individuals with complex needs).
After lunch, I’m off to Braintree Police Station to spend the afternoon checking police systems for any reports/crimes related to Greenfields residents and to monitor cases awaiting court hearings. Finally, I’ll be checking the Police National Computer for registered owners of any vehicles illegally parked on Greenfields land.