Tackling illegal money lending in Camborne

September 30th, 2015 by

What: Leaflet drop with National Illegal Money Lending Team in Camborne town centre and surrounding residential housing on Thursday 20th August 2015


Why: To promote ethical lending with companies such as Credit Unions and provide information on illegal lending at a time where additional economic pressures exist particularly in deprived areas.  Wendy Loades from the National Illegal Money Lending Team undertook a joint partnership walkabout with the Community Safety Officer for the area and volunteer community members to promote awareness of loan sharks both verbally and through information leaflets regarding available options both if people are affected by loan shark activity or debt.  Leaflets from Kernow Credit Union were also distributed as a recognised legal organisation offering low rate small loans and promoting the saving of money.  Monitoring by the National Illegal Money Team will take place to see if any intelligence comes forward regarding any illegal money lending activity in the area.


Where: Camborne.


New initiative for young people impacted by domestic abuse

September 30th, 2015 by

A new initiative of a joint-model approach in a therapeutic group setting for young people impacted by domestic abuse has been launched.

 The pilot joined two different therapeutic modalities; narrative therapy and music therapy in a group setting for young people by domestic abuse.

Music therapy; Uses specific musical activities and, at times, free improvisation, with the musical elements of the sessions used to work through difficult emotions and memories whilst promoting positive experiences and identity. Theoretical underpinning is that through music therapy painful memories and experiences can be processed whilst helping to self-regulate emotions, promote group cohesiveness, boost confidence, experience a sense of empowerment, promote creativity and develop identity.

Narrative therapy; There are several different narrative tools which can used to help the process of re-storying or recognising values, skills and abilities. One therapeutic example, are letters written by another child or in a child’s voice to a group of children to help the children take in and process problems and concerns and to talk about uncomfortable issues in comfortable ways. The outcome can be that the ‘listener’ is viewed as a source of help. They are recognised as competent and knowledgeable in these matters and are therefore invited to generate solutions to help the ‘writer’ with the problem which is emotionally upsetting them. This technique creates a model for talking about problems in safe ways for children in therapeutic groups and it enables rehearsal of positive coping strategies, including asking others for help.

The pilot has been delivered to young people aged 7 to 13 years old.

The aim of the pilot was to make a positive contribution to the experiences of children linked to and experiencing abusive relationships by supporting them in a group to build;

  • A sense of trust and belonging in a group of children who have had similar experiences
  • An ability to recognise the effects of abuse and how they have overcome these; their own resilience and coping strategies
  • Recognition that their own voice is valued and heard when talking about the effects of abuse and how these are overcome
  • A positive sense of identity, integrating both their past and present experiences
  • A positive sense of contributing to the lives of other children in the community

Why: Domestic abuse and sexual violence continues to be the highest risk for communities in Cornwall (Safer Cornwall Strategic Assessment 2013/14).

There were approximately 8,500 domestic abuse incidents reported to police in 2013/14. However, national prevalence estimates indicate 17,000 victims of abuse annually in Cornwall which evidences significant under-reporting.

There were approximately 3,000 children living within the domestic abuse households with nearly 900 living in high risk households.

When: Each CLEAR Voices group was run on a weekly basis between May and December 2014.  There were different locations for each group; children’s, youth and community centres across four different localities in Cornwall. The main group sessions were 1.5 hours in length on a weekly basis and lead by a counsellor or art therapist and music therapist.

In the last celebration session, the young people chose where the session was to be e.g., beach, park, what activities would make up the session and families were invited to join the group and share in music, and food.

Outcome: Formal evaluation of group using quantitative measures.

The group interventions were formally evaluated using the Emotional Literacy Pupil Checklist and Emotional Literacy Parent Checklist. These measures were completed pre-group intervention and post-group intervention.

Children’s reflection on their emotional well-being measured before and after group.

The above shows improvements for 90% of the children who attended the group.

Parent’s reflections on their child’s emotional well-being before and after group.

The above shows improvements for 90% of the children who attended the group; with some having dramatic changes occurring from the parent’s perspective.

Further evaluation based on the feedback from children and their parent.

“It helped me with my feelings”

“I feel better”

“You’ve helped me use my voice to express anything I want to.”

Parental feedback;

“I am sure the way the sessions were concentrated on art and music as a positive way of expressing feelings was an enormous help to her in understanding there are creative and positive ways to express negative experiences. She loved coming to the sessions, especially for the music.”

“He feels more confident and happy and that the sessions were excellent.”

“He can now describe his feelings better and that the sessions were very good fun.”

“He is far more confident and feels able to speak up form himself. He has a lot of empathy for others and his reactions to feelings are much more controlled.”


Fresher’s Events Cornwall

September 30th, 2015 by

The Community Safety Strategic Assessment identifies Young people as being at risk of crime, ASB, and harm.

An easy way to engage with large groups of our target audience is to attend Freshers Events at every College and the University.

This year is no exception with The wider Community Safety Team attending every Fresher’s event in the County.

These events are well attended by the students, some of whom have left home for the first time, and are just finding their way in an adult life. Team members will be providing advice in relation to personal safety, healthy relationships, substance misuse, road safety, fire safety and ASB.

Each year the CS team engages with over 4,000 young people through attending these events, and provides an early intervention for support and advice , but also has a preventative element with it, particularly given previous years results in reducing noise, drunkenness and ASB. In problem areas.

When: 15th to 25th September 2015 all Colleges throughout Cornwall.

Outcome: Relevant safety messages conveyed to at risk groups.


So you think you can drive?

September 30th, 2015 by

What: So you think you can drive? Drink Drive initiative

 Why: Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive.  It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the drink drive limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on many factors, your weight, age, sex and metabolism, the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking, what you’ve eaten and your stress levels at the time.  Many of the functions that we depend on to drive safely are affected when we drink alcohol, the brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye, processing information becomes more difficult, instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times.  Drivers risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record if convicted.

Watches from Truro Fire Station supported the Road Safety Initiative ‘So you think you can drive’ at Lemon Quay in Truro on 29th May and 28th July 2015 organised by Cornwall Mobility targeting young drivers to raise young drivers and passengers’ awareness of the effect that alcohol has on their ability to drive.

When: Lemon Quay in Truro on 29th May and 28th July 2015

 Action: Young drivers and passengers were asked to complete a short questionnaire measuring their knowledge of the effects alcohol can have on their ability to drive. After the questionnaire had been discussed and advice was given regarding how alcohol affects our ability to drive they were encouraged to participate in an activity on the BATAK machine.  Whilst wearing drunk buster impairment goggles which simulates the effects of impairment reducing alertness, slowed reaction time, confusion, lack of co-ordination, visual distortion therefore poor judgement and decision making. They had 60 seconds to score as much as possible by pressing the buttons on the BATAK board as they light up.  They then repeated the activity without wearing the goggles to compare their scores.  The impairment goggles are used to demonstrate the effects alcohol has on the body and how alcohol would affect their ability to drive.


  • Drivers and passengers are now more aware that any amount of alcohol will affect their and others ability to drive.
  • Drivers and passengers are now more aware that it is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on a number of factors.
  • Drivers and passengers are more aware that time is the only way to get alcohol out of their system and every unit of alcohol takes one hour to leave their system.
  • 88% of respondents said their view of drink driving had changed following this initiative.
  • 92% of respondents said they are now less likely to accept a lift from someone who has had a drink because of their increase in awareness regarding the dangers of the effects that alcohol has on the ability to drive.

So you think you can drive?

September 30th, 2015 by

So you think you can drive? Red thumb initiative


It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road. You’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving. Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving, drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a collision.
Watches from Truro Fire Station supported the Road Safety Initiative ‘So you think you can drive’ organised by Cornwall Mobility targeting young drivers and performed an RTC display to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

When did this happen?: Lemon Quay in Truro on 29th May and 28th July 2015
Action: The Red Thumb campaign was adopted to engage with young drivers to raise awareness of the dangers of mobile phone distraction whilst driving due to the risk of distraction which means the drivers attention is diverted from the road.
My Red Thumb originated in America, Steve Babcock was inspired by his 9 year-old daughter to create a reminder to avoid distractions when driving. He decided to paint his thumbnail red to break his own habit of using a mobile phone whilst driving. It worked for him and so he decided to spread the Road Safety message, one red thumbnail at a time.
Drivers were asked to agree to put a red dot sticker/red nail varnish on their thumb nail to act as a reminder not to text while driving. If they agree to the sticker/nail varnish they were given a mobile phone sock and encouraged to always put their phone in it before driving and encouraged to remember to give the road their full attention.

Outcome: Drivers are now more aware that mobile phones are a distraction while driving. Drivers understand that being distracted by their phone while driving can be dangerous.
• 100% of drivers questioned agree their safety is impaired if they use a mobile phone while driving. Drivers understand that driving while using a mobile phone increases their risk of being involved in a collision.
• 97% of drivers are now more aware that reaction times for drivers using a mobile phone are around 50% slower.
• 100% of drivers are more aware that they are four times more likely to crash if they use a mobile phone while driving.
• 40% of the drivers questioned said their view of using their mobile when driving had changed following this initiative.
• 67% of drivers are now less likely to use their mobile when driving following this initiative.
• Drivers are now aware of the red thumb message and will be reminded of the campaign message by the red sticker dot/nail varnish and mobile phone sock.


Service of remembrance

September 30th, 2015 by

A Service of Remembrance was held for people in Cornwall who have died from a drug related death on Saturday 26th Sept 2015.

truro cathedral

22 people died a drug related death in Cornwall last year. This Service, co-ordinated between the DAAT team and Truro Cathedral, gives the families and friends affected by the death of a loved one, the chance to grieve, to have their loss acknowledged and to celebrate the life of their loved ones. It also serves to raise awareness of the risks and for local communities to be aware of the impact this has across Cornwall.


4 new additions to the crime reduction toolkit

September 28th, 2015 by



Wilderness challenge programmes

Wilderness challenge programmes involve young offenders (10-18 years) taking part in demanding outdoor activities (e.g. canoeing, caving, rock-climbing and outdoor survival), with or without other therapeutic enhancements. Overall these programmes appear to reduce crime, particularly if they involve more challenging activities and/or greater physical demand or if they incorporate a therapy component.

Moral Reconation Therapy 

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a form of behavioural treatment for offenders, designed to influence how they think about moral issues and make moral judgements, specifically about committing offences. The evidence shows that MRT reduces reoffending and is particularly effective when carried out in an institutional setting and with adults.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Domestic Violence

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to alter the way in which domestic violence perpetrators view violence, alongside teaching them skills such as more effective communication and anger management. Overall, there is no clear evidence that CBT reduces levels of reoffending. More research is needed to determine the effectiveness of CBT for domestic violence perpetrators.

Criminal Sanctions to Prevent Domestic Violence 

Criminal sanctions used against perpetrators of domestic violence include; prosecutions, convictions, custodial sentences and severity of sentences. The evidence on these sanctions is mixed, meaning they have no consistent effect on subsequent offending. More research is needed to be able to say whether criminal sanctions for domestic abuse increase or decrease reoffending.










Former heroin dealer on the right path

September 28th, 2015 by

A Partnership  is supporting recovery for people with some of the most complex needs.

Partners involved:

Freshstart Supported Accommodation for Prolific and Priority Offenders |
Bosence Farm Residential Rehabilitation
Chy Colom supported accommodation
Probation Mutual Aid for Recovery

People dependent upon heroin are most likely to be involved in acquisitive crime to support their dependence and present the greatest challenges for achieving successful outcomes for treatment and reducing re-offending.

A former heroin dealer who spent up to £300 a weekend on drugs is turning his life around with the help and support of a Cornish partnership designed to cut reoffending.

Chris*, 35, from St Austell, was convicted in 2014 as part of a large police operation to tackle heroin dealing in the county. He was identified by Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC) – the company that carries out the sentences of the court, aims to keep the public safe and cut reoffending – as a prolific and priority offender.

With Chris being classed at the highest level, red, it was apparent that he needed intensive support to help him get back on the right track. This support came from the TurnAround integrated offender management team, which includes members from DDC CRC, the local police and substance misuse charity Addaction.

After serving his time in custody, he was released and licenced to the FreshStart supported housing project in St Austell, which helps to rehabilitate people like Chris. Whilst being placed in supported housing was a protective factor, being around other service users at different stages of their recovery proved difficult for him, and he soon relapsed into heroin and legal high drug misuse. At his worst, Chris disclosed to using £200-£300 on one weekend on drugs.

To help get Chris back on the right path, enforcement action including recall to prison was considered and was very likely, however the team managed to secure a place for him at Boswyns residential detox centre in Hayle. Chris’ drug misuse was so prevalent and heavy that it was unlikely that he would last very long. However, within six weeks Chris had become totally drug-free and had come off his opiate replacement prescription. His recovery was cemented with a secondary four-month stay at Bosence Farm and is now rebuilding family relationships, seeing his daughter at least once a week.

After completing his detoxification, Chris is now receiving the support from Chy Colom in Truro, where he is undertaking a therapeutic rehabilitation programme. He has also been volunteering at the CHAOS (Community Helping All of Society) project one day a week, engaging with customers in a cafe to help build confidence and skills.

Chris understands his recovery is still not complete and is engaging in the 12-step programme and regularly attending, even chairing, fellowship meetings to gain support from peers.

Chris puts his recovery down to the support he has received. He said: “Boscence Farm saved my life. The staff were amazing. Chy Colom is helping me progress my life.” Asked what he’d say to others in his position, he said: “Get yourself to a fellowship meeting. Just surrender, get to detox and do the 12 step programme.”

George Davies, Probation Support Officer at DDC CRC, said “Feedback from staff at all of our partner agencies involved in Chris’ recovery has been positive – so much so he is now seen as a low-level prolific and priority offender, turning from red to green thanks to the support he has received. The time spent on this individual has been well worth it, proving that integrated offender management works and also shows that alternative decisions to enforcement sometimes have better results.”


Crime reduction toolkit – 2 new entries

September 28th, 2015 by


What Works Crime Reduction Toolkit

Restorative Justice Conferencing

A Restorative Justice (RJ) conference is a planned face-to-face meeting between a victim and offender(s) who have committed a crime against that person. This can be either voluntary or court ordered. The evidence suggests that RJ conferencing is a cost-effective way of reducing reoffending for certain types of crime.


Temporary Release from Prison

This is where offenders are temporarily released from prison for the purpose of home leave or to take on paid or voluntary work, with the aim of reintegrating them back into the community and enhancing their skills. There is some evidence that those given temporary release for home leave go on to commit fewer offences but the evidence for work release schemes is more mixed.


MDMA (ecstacy) drugs alert

September 11th, 2015 by

Police Scotland has recently recovered a batch of pink tablets with a half score mark on one side and no markings on the reverse. Scientific analysis has identified the tablets contain MDMA (ecstasy) and also  flubromazolam (an unregulated benzodiazepine type drug).

Ecstasy - MDMA and Flubromazolam

There are a number of different types of pink tablet circulating on the illicit market and the analysis of this particular batch highlights that users may not know what is in them.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: