LVSC is working with Clinks to build, lead and manage a network of London voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations with an interest in criminal justice and community safety issues. The network will provide an accountable way for London's VCSE to engage with the new Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), other pan-London agencies that have an impact on crime andf community safety and local borough-level Community Safety Partnerships.
The London SFC VCSE Network has responded to MOPACs consultation on the Draft Hate Crime Strategy . Whilst the network was pleased to see that MOPAC has prioritised hate crime The general feeling draft strategy was disappointing; not very detailed, none of the interventions described were particularly innovative and the evidence base supporting the strategy was very thin.
SFC Response to the Draft Hate Crime Strategy
Please read our response below
SFC Response to VAWG
Clinks and the London SFC VCSE Network presented an event exploring the implications of the Transforming Rehabilitation Strategy for London.
A report from the event will be submitted to decision makers within the Ministry of Justice, MOPAC and London Councils with the aim of influencing the delivery of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda in London.
The London SFC VCSE Network's response to the draft London Police & Crime Plan has highlighted concerns about:
- meaningful and accountable engagement of the voluntary and community sector (VCS);
- commissioning processes that may exclude London's VCS; and
- lack of trust in the police and criminal justice system that need to be addressed by working with sepcialist equalities organisations that engage the most disadvantaged Londoners.
London SFC VCSE Network response to the draft London Police & Crime Plan
The London SFC VCSE Network has raised concerns about how the proposals for the commissioning of rehabilitation services for low-risk offenders could risk excluding voluntary and community sector providers. This would risk certain offenders not receiving the specialist rehabilitation services that would help them not to reoffend. The network has based iis conclusions on the evidence of its members, including their experience of the implementation of the Work Programme in London.
The London SFC VCSE Network response to Transforming Rehabilitation
The London Crime Reduction Board have consulted on their Partnership Anti-Gangs Strategy. This strategy outlines the actions the Board will take to promote collaboration and coordination across partners in London interested in tackling gang-related activity.
The London SFC VCSE Network put together a draft response that supports a partnership approach but raises concerns over the lack of recognition of the VCSE as a partner. You can view the draft response below. If you have any feedback or input please contact
London SFC Network submission to LCRB draft Partnership Anti Gangs Strategy
London SFC Briefing on MOPAC
London SFC VCSE Network Terms of Reference
The SFC London VCSE Network has over 300 member organisations ranging from small community groups to large organisations delivering a range of services. Prior to its launch 26 organisations have been co-opted from the Network to form a steering group and expert advisory group made up of frontline service delivery organisations and those providing support to other VCSE organisations. We are working with these organisations to identify organisations who will be interested in joining the wider Network.
If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail
LVSC is also working with Clinks to support London's VCSE engagement in the local pilots of the Justice Reinvestment Programme (JRP) in London and its subsequent roll out across the capital. Ultimately this work should support London's VCSE to understand, engage with and successfully compete to deliver, in the future commissioning of criminal justice system-related services. The Justice Reinvestment Programme pilots in London are taking place in Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth, Hackney and Southwark.
LVSC's role is:to bring together local organisations involved in the pilot JRP in the five local boroughs:
to ensure they can share information and learning
to survey those involved in the JRP pilots every six months to build up intelligence on the successes and learning from the pilots to work with the SFC London VCSE network
to ensure this intelligence is circulated amongst London's VCSE and is presented to policy makers and commissioners in London.
to ensure that other boroughs benefit from this learning as the JRP is rolled out across London
to provide support and training to ensure that London's VCSE can successfully bid to provide preventative, holistic and specialist community safety services within the new commissioning environment of payment by results, competitive tendering and increasing transfer of risk to providers.
If you would like to learn more or become involved in this work, please e-mail .