Vulnerability - keeping people safe
Over recent years Humberside Police has made considerable effort to focus on Vulnerability. Everyone in the organisation has a responsibility to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities are protected. Very often as a police service we are the first point of contact for many people. Having this contact enables us to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage. This will ensure that people who need support and protection receive the correct level of service from both the police and our partners such as social care, mental health services and services in the third sector.
A person is vulnerable if as a result of their situation or circumstances, they are unable to take care or protect themselves, or others, from harm or exploitation. Protecting vulnerable children and adults.
What do we do ?
- by providing public reassurance through effective deployment of our resources
- by working with our partners (ONGO, other social housing providers, NLC Safer Neighbourhoods, Victim Support, REMEDI)
- gather intelligence in relation to any incident involving a vulnerable person to minimise the risk to them
- maximise opportunities to secure evidence when offences are committed against vulnerable people to ensure offenders are brought to justice and reduce the risk of further victimisation
How do we do this ?
- complete vulnerable adult assessments and share information with our partners
- complete vulnerable child assessments for those under 17 and share information with our partners
- complete Antisocial Behaviour risk assessments to decide on what support is required and work with partners to deliver this
- ensure that high risk victims are referred promptly which triggers discussion at the Monthly ASB Panel meetings where all partners agree actions to support the victim and reduce their risk
Recent examples of the above are:
In November we have been working with Mental Health Services, Addaction and the NHS to support a vulnerable male who is managing multiple issues. These issues are impacting upon his quality of life but, also those of his neighbours.