We are delighted to invite you to sign up to our COMMUNITY SAFETY CHARTER launched at our Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Conference 2022. With our first anniversary quickly approaching, please consider signing up, if you have not already joined.
The Community Safety Charter aims to engage with a broader reach of people, businesses and organisations to encourage them to take an active stance against crimes in public spaces, such as harassment, hate crime, and antisocial behaviour. The Charter tagline is #BeTheChange, focusing on the role of active bystanders in leading the change within their communities. The Charter supports greater understanding about how we recognise and deal with community safety issues and support victims by knowing where to get help, how and who to report to, enabling a more positive, proactive approach by the whole community when witnessing or experiencing confrontation, hostility or harassment.
Do I need to make a pledge?
By signing up to the Community Safety Charter, people, businesses, organisations and groups pledge to four actions:
- PROMOTE – promote a culture that does not tolerate harmful language, antisocial behaviour and hostility toward others
- ENABLE – enable others to identify and take an active stance to prevent harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation within their community
- REPORT - actively encourage and support others to report harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and share intelligence about these crimes with the relevant authorities
- SUPPORT – support those affected by harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and refer victims to the appropriate support agency
What will I receive when I sign up?
Those who have signed up to the Charter will receive an information pack on a specific topic or crime in PDF or an interactive format every two months to share with your staff and /or volunteers. The topics covered in the first year are:
- hate crime
- antisocial behaviour
- being an active bystander
- dealing with confrontation
- leading the change in our communities
Individual downloadable pledges to share on social media will also be made available, together with a downloadable poster to exhibit in your premises.
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about the Charter, click here