Partnership Working

Partnership working is at the heart of everything the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime do. No single organisation can tackle the all too often complex problems in our society or meet the significant community safety challenges we all face. It is only by working together with others that we will be able to keep our communities safe and deliver on the Mayor’s pledges.

There are many local organisations, groups and individuals working across the county with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, West Yorkshire Police and other partner agencies. More information on some of the groups can be found below:



Community Safety Partnerships Forum

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are made up of representatives from the ‘responsible authorities’. The responsible authorities work together to prevent crime, protect their local communities, including the most vulnerable people, and help people feel safer. They work out how to deal with local issues like antisocial behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse and reoffending. They annually assess local crime priorities and consult partners and the local community about how to deal with them.


  • The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
  • 5 District Lead Councillors for Community Safety (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield)5 Community Safety Partnerships Managers
  • Local Authority CSP Managers
  • Fire and Rescue Authorities
  • LCJB representative
  • West Yorkshire Police


  1. Through collaboration, take forward the priorities within the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan by identifying shared priorities and opportunities to reduce crime and disorder. in West Yorkshire. The CSP Forum supports the five WY District CSPs to improve community safety by sharing ideas, good practice, resources, partnership plans and bids for monies in order to effect joint solutions.
  2. Communicate collaborative working messages via individual Community Safety Partnerships, and go beyond reciprocal duties defined by current legislation to share the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan during times of reduced resources to ensure West Yorkshire Communities are safe and feel safe.
  3. Report progress into the Partnership Executive Group on a quarterly basis.


Criminal Justice and Mental Health Forum

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime recognise that supporting peoples’ mental health is important to reduce offending behaviour. The Criminal Justice and Mental Health Forum has come together to better meet the health and criminal justice needs of people experiencing mental health issues within West Yorkshire’s communities. Mental health issues can have a massive impact on everyone concerned, for the person experiencing a mental health crisis, organisations dealing with that person and the wider community. It is vital therefore that the different organisations involved in supporting mental health within criminal justice are working together in an integrated way to ensure the best service possible.


  • The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • NHS
  • Public Health England
  • The Ambulance and Fire Services
  • Mental Health Trusts.


  1. Improve the understanding of issues related to mental health, community safety and the criminal justice system, and put in place the best possible systems to deal with those issues.
  2. Deliver a whole systems approach to ensure individuals who experience a mental health crisis receive a high quality, effective and seamless service.
  3. Ensure best service user experience and outcomes for those experiencing mental health crisis.
  4. Ensure public health principles underpin local strategy to prevent future crisis.


Domestic and Sexual Abuse Board

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime are committed to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence. The ambition of the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Board is to support victims and survivors ofdomestic abuse and sexual violence, and to reduce the prevalence of these crimes across West Yorkshire. To support this, the objectives and principles of the strategy focus on five key priority areas – partnership working; preventing violence and abuse; provision of services; support for victims/survivors; and pursuing perpetrators.


  • The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
  • 5 Community Safety Partnerships * (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield)
  • West Yorkshire Police *
  • West Yorkshire Fire Service
  • Local Criminal Justice Board
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • NHS England *
  • Public Health England
  • 2 Third sector advocates – one for domestic abuse, the other for sexual abuse
  • West Yorkshire Sexual Violence Action Partnership
  • Victim Support
  • West Yorks Association of Acute Trusts
  • 1 place for a CCG representative * (appointed by the WY Health and Care Partnership)

Those invited to commissioner only meetings are marked *


  1. To provide overall better support for victims / survivors and others affected by domestic and sexual abuse.
  2. To reduce the impact of domestic and sexual abuse through early identification and intervention, identifying wherever possible those in need before any abuse and violence occurs, and intervening to make sure they get the help they need.
  3. To ensure the provision of services and partnerships which work cross boundaries to meet local need and ensure consistency across West Yorkshire.
  4. To increase victim confidence in and experience of disclosing and reporting their experience of violence and abuse, and where appropriate pursuing conviction through the criminal justice process.
  5. To reduce offending and change the behaviour of perpetrators through an improved criminal justice response, disruption and support offer.


West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board, Victim and Witness Group (LCJB)

The West Yorkshire Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) Victims and Witness Group reports to the LCJB Executive Board chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

The group look at issues affecting the victims and witnesses of crimes in West Yorkshire at all points along the criminal justice journey. They also champion victims’ rights, allowing each agency to challenge each other in their delivery of victims’ services, to ensure services are continuously improved


  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Witness Care Unit
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Youth Justice Service
  • Prison and Probation Service
  • Citizens Advice Witness Service
  • Victim Support
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Policing and Crime Team
  • Third sector suppliers


  1. The Victim and Witness Group will strive to continually improve the experience of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice service and thereby improve confidence in the service in the wider public.
  2. The Group are working to provide opportunities for victims to provide their evidence to court trials without the need to attend court through live link.
  3. The Group are responsible for the delivery and compliance of the national victim protocols and standards, The Victim’s Code and Witness Charter. Link into the charter?


West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board, Executive Board (LCJB)

The West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board was established in 2003 to provide a structure for strategic leaders to meet, discuss and agree measures to improve the Criminal Justice System for the public.

Originally created nationally in 2003 as a result of the recommendations of the Auld Report, the West Yorkshire LCJB is a non-statutory, voluntary coalition of the criminal justice agencies Chief Officers and partners. The key purpose of the West Yorkshire LCJB is to deliver a joined up criminal justice service that puts victims at its heart, reduces crime, delivers justice effectively and efficiently and rehabilitates offenders.


  • Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (Chair)
  • Chief Crown Prosecutor for North and West Yorkshire, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Assistant Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police
  • Head of Criminal Justice, West Yorkshire Police
  • Cluster Manager for North and West Yorkshire, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service
  • Senior Legal Manager, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service
  • Youth Offending Manager, Leeds (representing Kirklees, Wakefield, Bradford and Calderdale)
  • Youth Justice Board, Head of innovation and engagement
  • Head of Probation Service (Kirklees)
  • Governor, HMP Leeds
  • Area Contract Manager, Legal Aid Agency
  • Area Manager, Victim Support
  • Defence Solicitor Representative
  • Area Manager, Witness Service
  • Service Manager, Liaison and Diversion
  • Criminal Justice Advisor, Mayor’s Office
  • Victim and Witness Advisor, Mayor’s Office


  1. The West Yorkshire LCJB is committed to improving collaboration between agencies in order to deliver the best possible criminal justice service to the communities of West Yorkshire.
  2. The strategic priorities are to: 
    • Improve outcomes for victims, witnesses and all involved in the criminal justice system.
    • Ensure all rights within the Victim’s Code are embedded within the Victim’s Journey.
    • Work to reduce disproportionality within the criminal justice system, particularly in relation to violence against women and girls.
    • Improve performance, ensuring quality delivery and outcomes.
    • Maintain and further strengthen partnership working.
    • Reduce offending and strengthen rehabilitation.
  3. The West Yorkshire LCJB will identify its key priorities on a regular basis. The priorities will take into account the current Police and Crime Plan, National Criminal Justice Board’s action plan and other key organisational plans at the time and will be owned and reviewed by the West Yorkshire LCJB.


Out of Court Disposals Scrutiny Panel

An Out of Court Disposal (OOCD) is a method of resolving an investigation when the offender is known and when that offender admits the offence. An OOCD can only be used in limited circumstances and it should reduce re-offending by enabling restorative and reparative justice. Nationally, there are a number of methods for dealing with suspects in this way. These are universal and include community resolutions, conditional cautioning, simple cautions, cannabis warnings and Penalty Notices for Disorder.

The scrutiny panel is a group of representatives from across the criminal justice sector who come together quarterly to look at a sample of cases where an out of court disposal has been issued to ensure is appropriate and effective method of reducing offending behaviour, while putting the victim at the centre.


  • Independent Chair from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Policing and Crime Team
  • West Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector with responsibility for criminal justice
  • Police representative with expertise in out of court disposals
  • Police representative(s) with expertise in the themed case(s) as required for sexual, domestic or hate crimes at the request of the Chair
  • Two adult and two youth Magistrates
  • HM Courts & Tribunal Services (HMCTS), Legal Advisor
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Youth Offending Team
  • National Probation Service
  • West Yorkshire Probation Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Victim Support


  1. The intention of the panel is to provide transparency and accountability and increase public understanding, confidence and trust in how West Yorkshire Police use out of court disposals. There is a particular focus on the delivery of appropriate and proportionate justice, ensuring redress for victims of crime as well as addressing the root causes of offending behaviour.
  2. It provides constructive scrutiny at an organisational and individual level to promote best practices, identify potential policy or staff development needs and more effective working practices between agencies.
  3. It also works to ensure the voice of victims is heard through the out of court disposal process and provide challenge where it appears not to have been considered.
  4. The scrutiny panel has no referral or appeals capability and is not intended to re-judge cases. It will assess the relevant processes, interactions and decisions to identify any continuous organisational learning.


Partnership Executive Group (PEG)

The PEG is an executive group which brings together the key strategic stakeholders from across West Yorkshire who work to deliver the outcomes of the Police and Crime Plan. The remit of the PEG is to identify solutions that work in West Yorkshire to reduce crime and disorder, improve community safety and ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice services. By combining partner expertise and knowledge from evidence based practice stakeholders can develop a robust local needs analysis to inform strategic planning.


  • The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Local Authorities
  • Public Health
  • NHS
  • Prison and Probation Service
  • Fire Service
  • Third Sector
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Policing and Crime Team


  1. Through a shared ambition partners can identify solutions that work in West Yorkshire to reducing crime and disorder, improving community safety and criminal service effectiveness and efficiency.
  2. With a focus on what matters to West Yorkshire’s communities, identify opportunities to problem solve, influence, innovate and galvanise partnership responses to crime, disorder, community safety and criminal justice are realised.
  3. To go beyond partnership reciprocal duties as defined by current legislation to share the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan during times of reduced resources to ensure West Yorkshire communities are safe and feel safe.


Police and Crime Panel

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) works in support of the residents of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield to ensure that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime meet the needs of all the communities that they serve and effectively hold West Yorkshire Police to account.

The Panel exists to provide support, review and scrutiny of decisions and activity undertaken by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in order to discharge their functions.

The Panel, is made up of 12 elected members from the five councils in West Yorkshire, representing the political makeup of the West Yorkshire and two independent members.

Panel members work in close partnership, with each other and with other key agencies, to guarantee the best possible policing and crime outcomes for the whole of West Yorkshire.


  • Local Authorities
  • Independent Members


  1.  Reviewing and making recommendations on the amount of Council Tax the Mayor intends to collect from each household to support policing. The Panel can demand that the proposed amount is made higher or lower (i.e. exercise a veto) but the Mayor only needs to meet this demand once.
  2. Reviewing the Mayor’s proposal about who should be Chief Constable and therefore in charge of the operational running of the police force. The panel has the power to turn down the preferred candidate but again they can exercise this veto only once.
  3. Reviewing and making recommendations on the Mayor’s five year Police and Crime Plan.
  4. Reviewing the Mayor’s Annual Report which will outline their performance against the Police and Crime Plan.
  5. Confirming the appointment of senior staff who will be working for the Mayor, including the proposed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime if he/ she chooses to have one.
  6. Dealing with non-criminal complaints made against the Mayor.


Reducing Reoffending Strategy Group

The Reducing Reoffending Strategy Board is a partnership forum bringing together those who are involved with the criminal justice system to further develop an integrated reducing reoffending strategy. It is exploring how partners can continue to develop services across agencies including, how to actively involve offenders and ex-offenders to inform these services.


  • Prison and Probation Service
  • Local Criminal Justice Board
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Third Sector
  • 5 Community Safety Partnerships
  • NHS England
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Community Rehabilitation Company
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Policing and Crime Team


  1. To develop the local criminal justice system so that more offenders desist from crime as they are rehabilitated and resettled in the community.
  2. To provide a holistic offer to offenders that supports improving their health, accommodation, education, training and well-being needs.
  3. Ensure victims and those harmed by crime are protected, listened to and supported.
  4. Increase the confidence in the criminal justice service for all who use it, as well as the wider population.


Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Advisory Group

The VCSE sector is a broad term covering voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, charities, faith based groups, housing associations, co-operatives and mutuals large and small. It is non-governmental and not-for-profit, which distinguishes it from both the public and private sector. The group meets quarterly to advise the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime on issues of policing and crime from a VCSE perspective. The VCSE Advisory Group membership is reviewed annually.


  • Various members of VCSE Sector organisations based in West Yorkshire


  1. Advise the Mayor/Deputy Mayor on issues of policing and crime from a VCSE sector perspective.
  2. Advise on the sector's existing and potential role in delivering the ambitions of the Police and Crime Plan including collaboration, commissioning and grants.
  3. Promote a thriving VCSE Sector in West Yorkshire maximising its contribution to the outcomes of the Police and Crime Plan.
  4. Advise on a programme of work to inform the sector in West Yorkshire about the work of the Mayor and provide opportunities to influence it.
  5. Support the sector's advocate on the Mayor's Partnership Executive Group.
  6. Advise and assist in raising the profile of current VCSE Sector contribution to safer community outcomes and stimulating further contributions.


West Yorkshire Risk and Vulnerability Strategy Group

The West Yorkshire Risk and Vulnerability Strategy Group was formerly known as the West Yorkshire Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy Group. The Group’s aims were to bring key partners together to ensure that across West Yorkshire an effective and consistent response is provided to all children and young persons who are at risk of child sexual abuse or those that are being or have been sexually abused. This group has recently evolved with the current and emerging demands of West Yorkshire into the West Yorkshire Risk and Vulnerability Strategy Group. As well as continuing this work, the newly formed group has a widened remit to encompass children who go missing across geographical boundaries and its interconnectivity with other safeguarding concerns such as child sexual exploitation, peer on peer abuse, harmful sexual behaviour, child trafficking and modern day slavery, and going missing.


  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Local Safeguarding Boards
  • Other key statutory partners


The objectives of the West Yorkshire Risk & Vulnerability Strategy Group will focus on four main areas; Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue.

  1. To establish comprehensive and accurate ‘profiles’ to ensure the identification of individuals or groups, locations and patterns and trends across borders, to enable these to inform local partnership understanding, and enable swift coordinated multi-agency responses to effectively safeguard children and prevent, divert or prosecute those who facilitate and /or seek exploit and abuse.
  2. To inform local service provision and share good practice enabling appropriate support, intervention, and protection to children, young people, parents, carers, friends and communities via a multi-agency child friendly, child centered, whole family approach, empowering children and communities to better protect themselves.
  3. To prevent children being vulnerable to harm and abuse from going missing and to prevent children experiencing or continuing to experience exploitation, peer on peer abuse and modern day slavery by reducing vulnerability and proactively responding to information and intelligence shared about individuals.
  4. Use information intelligently to inform successful prevention, diversion and prosecution of those who seek to facilitate and /or perpetrate the exploitation, abuse and harm of children and young people and where any offences relate to young people, ensuring that children are responded to, supported and if necessary prosecuted, with a child centered approach.

*The aims and remit outlined here are draft and subject to change

Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

The group gives young people in West Yorkshire the opportunity to directly address the Mayor and Deputy Mayor with their views and comments on crime, community safety and broader policing issues. These young voices are important in steering future policing and crime decisions, policy and engagement.


  • Young people from West Yorkshire


  1. Have the voices of young people heard and provide a forum to express their views.
  2. Speak directly with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, the Police and with community safety partners.
  3. Engage with other members of the local community and hear their views.
  4. Question and challenge the views of other people in a constructive way.
  5. Build relationships between police, young people and the community.
  6. Raise the profile of young people within West Yorkshire’s diverse communities
  7. Volunteer at Mayoral events where appropriate.
  8. Provide advice to help the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime improve policing and make sure people are safe.