Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement 2014 – 2017


The ObseFront Cover CSAv2rvatory have contributed and helped to produce the new aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement.

It is believed it is the first of its kind in the country! The document shows how Warwickshire agencies will work together to tackle crime and improve community safety.


Find the full report here…..

Aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement


Conducting Research on the Care Leavers Project for Digital By Default

dbd-research (1)This week saw the start of the research element of the Care Leavers Project as part of the Digital by Default programme. This project is looking at how we currently provide support services to Care Leavers, and how we might use digital technologies to improve outcomes for Care Leavers. Over the next three weeks, members of the project team will be spending time with care leavers who have agreed to talk to us and allow us to gather our “user needs”. We are spending approximately 6 hours with each care leaver, seeing how they go about their daily lives, and asking questions about the Care Leavers Service. We want to understand how activities, technology and appropriate support and services can improve future outcomes for Care Leavers.

The first visit took place on Tuesday, with one of the project team from the Observatory spending the day with a care leaver who is a young mother. She used to live with a foster carer in Warwickshire, but now living independantly in a city centre. The day was spent both at their home and shopping with the children, her friend and boyfriend. During this time many questions were asked about how and why she does things, her experience of life and the care services and various topics were covered such as communication, aspirations and attitudes. As you can imagine, spending the day with a young person is a daunting task, especially living in a social deprived area, when it is at times surrounded by gangs.

“The experience was extremely rewarding – yes the area was everything that you would expect but I felt fully protected by the people that I was with when shown around the local area. The care leaver spent the day answering my questions, taking me through a typical day that she would experience, taking me shopping to her local supermarkets (alongside her friend and baby).

I noticed a few interesting things throughout my time with them:

– the planning around shopping at a number of different supermarkets in order to get items at the lowest prices e.g. Aldi for nappies, main shop at Tesco (for value products primarily), Iceland for all frozen food. But no fruit or vegetables! All food was convenience food and easy to cook e.g. beans, pizzas, instant noodles.

– Using top ups to manage her mobile phone – only spending £10 per month getting unlimited internet but typically running out of text messages. She hadn’t purchased her phone from a typical provider but from Cash Generator and her friend agreed this was the cheapest way to get a phone.

– Buying the majority of clothes and some household items from ebay and Gumtree – sometimes getting items for free if they would collect. All of the clothes for the children they buy in bundles on these websites for very small amounts of money.

– Attitudes towards others were very broad e.g. “social workers are all the same”. She had branded everyone with one view based upon experiences with just a couple of people. She had a very similar view towards her neighbours and local people.

– Ability to manage money – as money is tight every penny counts!

– A desperate need to not repeat the life she had for her children. She was trying to seek advice on how to get out to work and have a career that she wanted but felt she was not getting the support to do this.”


The entire experience has been fascinating and a real eye opener for the project team. Pre-conceptions that the team had before they conducted the research are being challenged by many of the people that they are meeting. It is already proving to be a very valuable method of conducting research and engaging with young people that access our services. It has already highlighted ways and methods that we can engage better with care leavers and will ultimately help identify ways that we can help them access services in the future.
This is the first post of many by the project team but hopefully it gives an insight into the very useful research that we are conducting.

Country of Birth – A focus on residents born in an EU Accession Country

This article focuses on data from the Census on the country that Warwickshire residents were born in. In particular, the number and proportion of residents that were born in an EU Accession country e.g. Poland, Romania, Lithuania.

Of Warwickshire residents, 8,880 advise that they were born in an EU Accession country, which is 2% of the total population. Of these residents the highest proportion are identified as being born in Poland (67%), with a further 4% born in Romania, 2% in Lithuania and 27% as ‘Other EU Accession Country’. This category includes Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Rugby Map

The highest number of people born in an EU Accession country reside in Rugby Borough (3,451 people). The following graphic shows the concentration of where these people live and also reveals some key facts.

  • 3,451 Rugby residents were born in an EU Accession country and 68% were born in Poland (2,344 residents).
  • Almost half (48%) of Rugby residents that were born in an EU Accession country (1,666 residents) were aged 25 to 34 years at the time of the Census.

For further information about the 2011 Census, or if you have any comments or suggestions for further areas of work, please contact the Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Census Profiler Update – Safer Neighbourhood Areas Added

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Due to a number of requests from users, we have made some more adjustments to our excel-based 2011 Census small area profiling tool and added in the geography of Safer Neighbourhood Areas (as well as Children’s Centre areas a few months ago). 

This tool allows you to generate your own 2011 Census profiles bringing together themes such as population, housing, ethnic background, religion, heath, education and employment at a number of different Warwickshire geographies including:

    • ONS geographies: Output Area, Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) and Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
    • Wards
    • Localities
    • Electoral Divisions
    • Parishes
    • Children’s Centre Areas
    • Safer Neighbourhood Areas
    • District/Boroughs
    • Warwickshire
    • National & West Midlands Region comparators

The updated Census Profiler tool can be accessed using the link below:

2011 Census Small Area Profiler (June 2014)

NB: Please be aware this is a large file so it will take a few minutes to download.

Cyber Crime – An emerging issue nationally and locally…..

cybercrimeThe Warwickshire Community Safety Partnership Analysts have just completed the Strategic Assessment process for the Community Safety Partnerships.

One issue/risk that emerges from the assessments is Cyber Crime. This type of crime  is on the increase nationally; however it is largely under reported and it is difficult to determine how to record it.

Currently offences are being reported to Police who then refer the victim to Action Fraud who will then disseminate the information to the relevant Police Force, where it may or may not be detected and crimed.

Several key issues have emerged from the assessments:

  • Firstly the definition of cyber crime needs to be measured. This is very difficult to do as it can cover all types of crime such as stalking, threats, bullying, fraud, domestic violence and abuse, hate crime and theft to name a few. However, it is important to have a definition of what it is in order to record cyber crime correctly.
  • It then becomes important to record these crimes and gain a detection rate. Once figures are released on cyber crime detection rates, it is worth noting that it will take a couple of years for figures to settle down and become more accurate, due to delays in recording and teething issues with new systems and new ways of recording.
  • Furthermore, due to this being a ‘new crime’ there needs to be new ways of working, however with this comes cost implications on Police forces to update their crime recording systems and resources.
  • It is also important to raise the awareness of cyber crime and look to schools/colleges, agencies and partnerships on how to raise awareness to the public on how they can protect computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access from outside parties.

Until these issues are addressed it is not possible to determine the scope of the problem of Cyber Crime in Warwickshire. It is currently an intelligence gap within the county which we hope will be addressed at a national level. When we have sight of some local statistics we will publish them via this blog.

Warwickshire Ranks 6th in the Top 10 Places to live in the UK in a new Quality of Life Index from USwitch

USwitch have released a new Quality of Life Index which has rev10-Best-places-to-live-in-the-UK1ealed that Warwickshire ranks 6th in the Top 10 best places to live in the UK.

The study assessed 138 local areas for 24 different factors including salaries, disposable household income and the cost of essential goods, such as fuel, food and energy bills. Lifestyle factors such as working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine, were also included to provide a complete picture of the quality of life in each region.

While Solihull comes out on top, the bottom of the index is dominated by Scottish regions with East and North Ayrshire ranked as the worst place to live in the UK, with low income, poor exam results and low life expectancy.

The analysis has sparked some interesting comments on USwitch’s website. See below for the full article:

Quality of Life Index

Warwick District is revealed as the most peaceful place to live in the county in the UK Peace Index

PictureThe UK Peace Index was released this month and is the first measure of peacefulness across the UK from 2003 to 2013. The Index has found that the UK is 11% more peaceful than it was a decade ago. The area regarded as the MOST Peaceful to live in is Broadland in Norfolk with a score of 1.164.

Where 1 = most peaceful and 4 = least peaceful

The least peaceful place to live is Lewisham in London with a score of 4.529.

The Index measures levels of peace according to five key indicators: the levels of violent crime, homicide, public disorder, weapons crime and the number of police. The research includes an analysis of the socio-economic factors associated with violence, as well as the economic benefits that would flow from increased levels of peace.

Only four districts/boroughs in Warwickshire have been given an index (Nuneaton and Bedworth is excluded) with Warwick District scoring 1.640. North Warwickshire Borough follows closely behind with a score of 1.720, followed by Stratford District 1.830. Rugby Borough is the area of the county deemed ‘least peaceful’ with a score of 2.230.

Click on the link to be taken to more information on the UK Peace Index.