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SFC Resources

On this page you’ll find a range of support resources that were produced as part of the Safer Future Communities project to support local VCSE organisations engage with and influence police and crime commissioners.

Clinks online learning

We have created an online learning platform where you can access free e learning courses and complete them how and when you like. The courses have been designed to offer you bite sized information and support with the flexibility to be completed from your office or home, without having to travel or give up a whole day to attend training courses. Each course has been designed to meet the needs of local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations working in community safety and criminal justice.

Statistical toolkit

An easy to use statistical toolkit which gives data on crime and reoffending, anti social behaviour, arrests by ethnicity, victims of crime, substance misuse, violence against women and girls, youth crime and hate crime. The data can be broken down by police force area.

Strengthening Community Safety and Reducing Crime: Commissioning from Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise providers – a guide

The guide has been produced based on discussions with a number of PCC offices, policy officials within the Ministry of Justice, Directors of Public Health, Probation Trusts, Assistant Chief Constables and Safer Future Communities network leads.
It aims to assist PCCs to create local relationships with VCSE organisations and develop commissioning strategies that enable PCCs to take advantage of the wealth of experience in developing and delivering services within the Sector.


Police and crime plans 2013/14 analysis

This document provides an analysis of the police and crime plans across England and Wales  It focuses on a number of key issues including anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, victims, reducing reoffending, young people, violence against women and girls, Black and minority ethnic communities and the Voluntary,  Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector.



Briefing for police and crime panels

This briefing outlines the role of local Safer Future Communities networks and how they can support police and crime panels.


VCSE offer to PCCs

This offer, endorsed by 27 national VCSE organisations, outlines the key features that make the VCSE Sector an essential partner for the PCCs in the development and delivery of community safety activity. It gives a commitment from the VCSE Sector to work with the PCCs, as a partner and a critical friend. Read more here

A group of young people, supported by Safer Future Communities partner NCVYS, have also produced a Youth Charter for police and crime commissioners.

The Youth Charter is published online at

Making the case for substance and alcohol misuse services

This briefing from DrugScope provides key messages for making the case for substance and alcohol misuse services. Drugscope have also produced a signposting document to help you find local information to make this case.

PCCs and new local health commissioning arrangements

This briefing explains the links between the new local commissioning arrangements for policing and crime and health and social care. Many local and national priorities are relevant both to the policing and crime prevention agenda and to the health and social care agenda: violence and substance misuse are obvious examples, where either the perpetrator or the victim – or both – may require the intervention of health services as well as the police.

This presentation has been produced by the Department of Health and outlines the new changes to the local health commissioning landscape and how these structures link up with the newly elected PCCs.

Influencing your PCC

In the run up to and after the PCC elections many individuals, organisations, public bodies and even private companies will be vying for the PCCs attention. Your case for the PCC to listen to the knowledge and understanding of the VCSE Sector in setting their plan and ensuring continued funding of VCSE community safety activities will be stronger if you address the PCCs priorities and frame the VCSEs work accordingly. This documment provides guidance on building your case for the PCC.

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Harnessing voluntary and community sector resources to help reduce reoffending in Gloucestershire -a framework for commissioning.

This commissioning framework was developed by Clinks and Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary Action (GAVCA) as part of Clinks’ South West development project.

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Good practice in partnership working case studies

These case studies showcase good practice in partnership working between Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations and the police and other statutory bodies.

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PCC elections - manifesto analysis

This analysis shows how issues that are of importance to the VCSE Sector feature in the elected PCCs manifestos. This analysis also includes the political make up of each panel. Download here.

Safer Future Communities policy briefings

Policy briefings produced prior to the PCC elections on how PCCs and the changing commissioining landscape will affect organisations working to address substance misuse, violence against women and girls, reoffending and those working with young people, Black Asian and minorty ehnic communities and organsiations in Wales.

Read the policy briefings here

Hustings guidance

This briefing provides guidance on running hustings in the run up to police and crime commissioner elections.

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Setting up your local network

This guidance on the aims and objectives of the local Safer Future Communities networks was produced to support organisations setting up their local networks.

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Local media toolkit

This toolkit gives guidance on engaging with the local media to highlight the community safety work of local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations. It includes a template press release and mapping tool to find out how local VCSE organisations are engaging with the local media.

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Project newsletter

To stay up to date with the project view our regular newsletters below.

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