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Dorset Open Space (Archived)

Clinks held an Open Space event in The Hub, Verwood on 8th June 2010. The event was commissioned by a multi-agency Steering Group that is currently exploring how to improve partnership working between Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations and Statutory Sector agencies in the local Criminal Justice System across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

The event was attended by over 50 delegates from a wide range of partner agencies. Using the Open Space process delegates created an agenda for the day in relation to the question:

"How can we make Dorset safer? What is and what isn’t working – and what can we do about it?"

This provided a unique opportunity for organisations from all backgrounds to identify some of the key problems they face in their work to make Dorset safer. 28 topics were posted and discussion groups formed around each topic.

Delegates were asked at the end of the event to vote for the recommendations that they identified as their highest priorities. Individuals with an interest in supporting a particular recommendation were also asked to write their initials beside them, for later follow-up.