Kaleidoscope works with a wide range of partners on a local, regional and national level in order to be able to provide the highest quality support to our service users. Examples of local partnership working include:
The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is part of a coordinated community response to domestic abuse and aims to:
- share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims/survivors – adults and their children;
- determine whether the alleged perpetrator poses a significant risk to any particular individual or to the general community;
- construct jointly and implement a risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that reduces the risk of harm;
- reduce repeat victimisation;
- improve agency accountability; and
- improve support for staff involved in high-risk domestic abuse cases.
MAPPA: Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is the framework which joins up the agencies who manage offenders. Its purpose is to stop sexual or violent offenders from committing further crimes and to protect the public, including previous victims, from serious harm.
MAPPA is basically the mechanism or way in which the police, probation and prison services are required to work together to monitor and supervise dangerous offenders to keep the public safe.
PROP (Powys Reducing Offending Project): PROP is the local title given to a national initiative called the Integrated Offender Management (IOM), which is an approach aimed at the management of priority groups of high risk offenders.
The aim of IOM is to help local delivery partners:
- Jointly reduce crime.
- Reduce levels of re-offending.
- Improve public confidence in the criminal justice system; and
- Tackle the exclusion of offenders and their families
This multi-agency approach involves partner agencies working together to offer clients support and encouragement to stay out of trouble, as well as providing assistance to gain the necessary training and skills for a brighter future. However it is not a soft option for such offenders and they are placed under no illusion that they must face up to their responsibilities and stop their offending behaviour or face the consequences!
The scheme offers individuals support with the following issues:
- Drug and alcohol misuse.
- Children and Families.
- Health (mental and physical).
- Finance, benefits & debt.
- Attitude, thinking and behaviour.
- Employment, training and education.
Powys Community Safety Partnership: The Powys Community Safety Partnership is made up of a number of agencies, all working together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the county; keeping Powys one of the safest places to live in England and Wales. Members of the Community Safety Partnership include:
- Powys County Council.
- Dyfed Powys Police Force.
- Dyfed Powys Police Authority.
- Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.
- Powys Teaching Local Health Board.
- Dyfed Powys Probation Service.
- Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO).
- Powys Youth Offending Service.
Area Planning Board: Substance misuse is a complex problem that reaches all our communities in Wales. It has far-ranging and harmful implications for individuals, families and communities. ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’ is the Welsh Assembly Government’s ten year plan to tackle the problems caused by drugs and alcohol in Wales. The Community Safety Partnership has the lead responsibility for delivering the Strategy at a local level although the Area Planning Board has been put in place to help the planning and development of services at the regional level.
Controlled Drugs Local Intelligence Network (CD LIN): This is a multi-disciplinary group which meets to manage and share concerns regarding controlled drugs and all aspects of their management and use.
Powys CYPP: The Children and Young People’s Partnership is a group of organisations working together to improve the lives of children and young people in Powys. They aim to achieve this through the delivery of the Children and Young People’s Plan and to ensure that every child and young person:
- Has a flying start in life.
- Has a comprehensive range of education and learning opportunities.
- Enjoys the best possible health and is free from abuse, victimisation and exploitation.
- Has access to play, leisure, sporting and cultural activities.
- Is listened to, treated with respect, and has their race and cultural identity recognised.
- Have a safe home and a community which supports physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Is not disadvantaged by poverty.
Harm Reduction Group: This is a multi-agency group that meets to review and prevent drug related deaths as part of the Welsh assembly Government’s Strategy ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’.
PAVO: Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) is an interdependent intermediary body whose purpose is to empower and equip the third sector in Powys, enabling it to deliver its aims and objectives effectively, and to represent and facilitate the engagement of the third sector at all levels of the strategic planning process. PAVO is one of 19 Councils for Voluntary Service in Wales. Membership is open to all voluntary organisations and community groups in Powys.
Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership: The Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership is one of seven partnerships in Wales driving forward the action required to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of local people. It brings together agencies at Director Level (or the equivalent) including Powys County Council, Dyfed-Powys Police, Powys Teaching Health Board, Powys Community Health Councils, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations, representatives of people using services and those close to them.
Adult Protection Committee: Powys’ Adult Protection Committee determines and oversees the strategic direction of adult protection work in Powys.
The APC meets every two months and its membership is drawn from local statutory and independent sector organisations that have responsibilities towards adults who may be vulnerable to abuse and also from organisations that represent people who may be vulnerable to abuse.
It is the responsibility of all member organisations to share the work of the APC within their own organisations in order to improve adult protection practice. Members are also asked to report on their work to the APC from time to time.
As part of its work, the APC:
- Produces an annual action plan which sets the main objectives and actions needed within each area of adult protection work in Powys (governance, prevention, investigation and post abuse support).
- Produces an annual report that covers all areas of adult protection work undertaken that year and includes recommendations for further developing adult protection in Powys.
- Is responsible for ensuring that inter-agency reviews are carried out of all cases that meet the criteria for such reviews as set out in the Terms of Reference for Wales Adult Protection Committees.
Is responsible for dealing with complaints about processes or multi-agency working in adult protection work
Powys Third Sector Service Provider Forum: Membership of the Powys Third Sector Service Provider Forum is open to PAVO’s member organisations who currently deliver services (or are seeking to deliver services) to people living in Powys and have a contractual relationship with statutory bodies.