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Publications Crime and Individuals
Publications on the website have been sorted into 6 broad categories, namely:
Crime and individuals
This is the Crime & Individuals section. It contains publications on issues surrounding crimes against the person, and how to protect against them, for example:
Violent crime, including domestic violence
Internet safety (eg chatrooms)
All publications have been listed in date order, with the most recent first.
Exploitation and trafficking in off-street prostitution
The Home Office have begun a pilot poster campaign today, 5th May 2008, to raise awareness amongst male sex buyers of the exploitation and trafficking involved in off street prostitution.
Can you stop the person you care for from being scammed? – A guide for carers and care professionals
A care professional, or a carer such as a relative, friend or neighbour, may be one of the few people in regular contact with an individual vulnerable person . They are in a unique position to help stop them being scammed. This leaflet can help them to do that by letting them know what to watch out for, passing on some simple tips, and knowing where to go for help.
Report on Government Office for London Personal Robbery Project
This report considers the rise in personal robbery experienced in London during 2006 and early 2007, the efforts made to tackle it, the impact of the actions taken and the lessons learned. In particular the report describes what can be taken from the activities and experiences of robbery reduction, mainstreamed and applied to other crime types in the future. The report was written by Lee Kettlewell of the Police & Partnerships Standards Unit of the Home Office while on a secondment to Government Office for London over the period January – November 2007. The report also has an annex which is the result of a piece of work done working with Police and Local Authority analysts in Ealing, assisted by work done with the same in Hillingdon, and under the guidance and direction of Professor Gloria Laycock of the Jill Dando Institute. Whilst the opinions expressed in the report and annex do not represent an official Home Office view (neither should they be considered an indication of Home Office policy) they they have been endorsed by Government Office for London, London Community Safety Partnership and London Safer Streets Partnerships Board and are a contribution to tackling this serious crime type. Although the report whilst solely focussing on London may be of interest to practitioners across England & Wales and feedback would be welcome. Any examples of effective practice should be notified to [email protected].
How to avoid becoming a target for crime
Greater Manchester Police has recently produced a comprehensive family crime reduction guide which covers all aspects of security, from burglary prevention to personal safety and vehicle crime. As well as giving advice to potential victims, there is a strong emphasis on helping vulnerable groups such as students and older people.
Knife Crime Best Practice Guidelines
Knife-enabled crime continues to cause serious harm to victims and creates fear in our communities. The consequences for all those involved or touched by this type of crime are enormous. These guidelines seek to build on the work already done and reinforce the importance of partnership working in the prevention of crime.
Domestic Violence: An MPs Guide
Everyone should be able to live without fear of violence and abuse, but we know that too often vulnerable people, especially women and children, live in fear in their own homes. One in four women will be affected by domestic violence during heir lifetime. It’s a cowardly crime that cuts across all sections of society – often behind closed doors with victims feeling powerless to stop a cycle of physical and emotional pain and abuse. As part of Domestic Violence Month 2007, the Home Office has launched the “Domestic Violence: An MPs Guide booklet.
Chatting Online and Child Safety
The internet offers great opportunities to interact and communicate with friends and people from all over the world. Chatting over the Internet can be done with a group of people in a chatroom, or with the person you are playing an online game against. As well as being able to add your comments to a conversation ongoing in a chatroom or online game between a number of people, it is also usually possible to chat privately to one person in these environments. There are potential risks in communicating to people that you don’t know, and unfortunately some children have been hurt having gone to meet the ‘friends’ they have made online. Adults with a sexual interest in children have used chatrooms and other interactive areas online to make contact with and befriend children, and then ‘groomed’ them, ie persuaded and manipulated them to meet up where they have been abused.
Searching the Internet and Child Safety
With ever increasing amounts of material – websites, images, video etc – on the internet, searching carefully is crucial, but how can parents and carers help children search safely? Most children use search engines to find things on the Internet. In fact research has found that search providers’ sites are the most visited sites among the majority of children and young people. In addition to the incredible positives and benefits that search brings, for example helping to research for school assignments, there is a risk to children searching the Internet of exposure to material that may be potentially harmful to them, or even material that is illegal. This document aims to help parents in their choice of search provider by using a checklist of questions to outline what is current good practice in relation to child safety for search providers, and to enable parents to be aware of what they can do to help their children search safer.
Guidance on Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
This report highli
ghts the key changes to the act compared with Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997. The document contains guidance on the basic principles of notification requirements and guidance on Civil Orders aswell as highlighting the key amendments to the act. This document also answers many Frequently Asked Questions about the act.
A guide to anti-social behaviour orders
This guidance on ASBOs draws on the experience of the police service, local authorities, youth offending teams, the courts and other organisations. It is intended for use by practitioners – people with a professional responsibility for tackling anti-social behaviour, whether they represent local authorities, the police, youth offending teams, registered social landlords, prosecutors, the courts, or any other agency which seeks to tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour.
Domestic Violence Delivery Plan – Progress Report
On 31st March 2005 the Home Office published the National Report for Domestic Violence, which laid out its plan of action for 2005/06. This report outlines the considerable progress made across the seven domestic violence work streams and how this learning can be applied to local delivery.
Guidance for Domestic Homicide
This consultation paper sets out proposals for the format that domestic homicide reviews should follow. As part of their statutory duty under section 9(3) of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 local bodies will be required to have regard to the guidance when establishing reviews.
Keep Safe – A guide to personal safety for people with learning disabilities
Findings from an NHS national survey of adults with learning difficulties in England 2003/04 suggested that one in three people said that they did not feel safe either in their homes, their local areas or using public transport. And that nearly one in ten people said that they had been the victim of crime over the year prior to the survey. Although people with learning disabilities are less likely to be victim of crime than other people, they are slightly more at risk of being attacked. This can have devastating effects which lead to emotional harm and subsequent loss of self-confidence.
This guide begins by describing the problem of juvenile runaways and reviewing its risk factors. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local runaway problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.
A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy and a summary of responses to Paying the Price
This report provides a summary of the many responses received to the public consultation paper Paying the Price and sets out the Government’s proposals for a coordinated prostitution strategy. The strategy focusses on disrupting sex markets by preventing individuals, and particularly children and young people, from being drawn into prostitution; by providing appropriate protection and routes out for those already involved; by protecting communities from the nuisance associated with prostitution; and by ensuring that those who control, coerce or abuse those in prostitution are brought to justice.
Responding to domestic abuse: a handbook for health professionals
Since April 2004, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have had a statutory responsibility to work within Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships to reduce crime. This practical handbook help PCT staff discharge this responsibility with respect to domestic violence effectively, sensitively, and consistently.
Improving outcomes for victims of sexual violence: A strategic partnership approach
The first National Conference on Sexual Violence took place on 16 and 17 November 2005 at the Hilton Coventry. The theme of the event was Improving Outcomes for Victims of Sexual Violence: A Strategic Partnership Approach. It was jointly organised by the Home Office, Department of Health, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers, with the aim of enhancing awareness and implementation of good practice for partnership working for the victims of recent sexual violence.
Specialist Domestic Violence Court Programme Guidance
This document is an illustrative guide to the specialist court programme, which is being rolled out in 25 areas between October 2005 and April 2006. The guide contains a brief overview of the context of domestic violence and where this particular initiative fits in with the overall government response to this pernicious crime. It goes on to provide a rationale for the programme, the intended outcomes, and the criteria used to select the chosen areas.
Identity theft – don’t become a victim
Identity theft occurs when personal information is obtained by someone else without the owner’s knowledge. It may support criminal activity including fraud, deception, or obtaining benefits and services in the victim’s name. More than 100,000 people are affected in the UK every year. A new leaflet to advise the public on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and what to do if you think you have been a victim has been produced by the Home Office.
Tackling Domestic Violence: Providing support to survivors from Black Minority Ethnic communities
his summary draws on two Home Office reports, offering guidance for practitioners on how to provide support for survivors of domestic violence. It also includes guidance on how to better provide support to Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women.
How to recognise a scam
This is a guide to help you recognise a scam and protect yourself from being conned out of your own money.
Guidance to Local Partnerships on Tackling Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is a terrible crime which affects women, children, and to a lesser extent, men from all backgrounds. Its impact on the victim can be substantial, affecting mental, physical and sexual health. There are also implications for the police, criminal justice system (CJS) and the health service, not to mention the fear of sexual crime evident in our communities. This guidance is designed to help Partnerships understand how sexual violence affects their area, and to suggest options for solutions where it is a significant problem. It should be read in conjunction with guidance on tackling domestic violence ‘Developing Domestic Violence Strategies: A guide for Partnerships‘.
Problem solving street crime: Lessons from the Street Crime Initiative
This practice guide draws together and builds on the experience of the Street Crime In
itiative and on previous relevant research. It offers practical measures that crime reduction agencies such as the police can use to reduce street crime.
Restorative Justice guidance – Best practice for practitioners, and their Case Supervisors and Line Managers
This guidance sets out the skills and knowledge that restorative practitioners need in order to practice safely and to a standard that participants should expect. This guidance is an updated and expanded version of that published in March 2004.
Last update: Monday, May 05, 2008