Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, PCC Sue Mountstevens and SARI Chair Esther Deans MBE
A report has been published after Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Chair of SARI, Esther Deans MBE hosted an Enquiry Day with partners and the police to learn from the failings that lead to Mr Ebrahimi’s tragic murder.
Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council, Hate Crime Support Services Charity, Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) and victim support service AVoice were all asked to present their learnings and observations to a panel which included the PCC, Mayor and the SARI Chair.
Following the presentations, local stakeholders and independent people including members of the PCC’s Independent Residents’ Panel, were invited to share their observations and participate in a question and answer session.
Collectively partners have been working closely together since Mr Ebrahimi’s murder to improve the multi-agency victim-centred approach and response, to ensure they reach out more in general to our communities so they get access to support sooner.
Speaking after the day, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “So many partners have come together to look at what we can do differently after we failed Bijan and his sisters and a lot of work has taken place to ensure this never happens again. The changes that have been put in place have become Bijan’s legacy and I will not let his death be in vain.
“The Vulnerability Enquiry Day meant that we could have open and honest conversations about what happened and what has been learned since. It also enabled us to make observations on the improvements which have been made to identify and support vulnerable people and prevent them from being victimised in the first place.”
A number of themes were identified during the Enquiry Day:
- Identification of vulnerable victims
- Support of vulnerable victims
- Prevention of victimisation
- Hate crime and discriminatory behaviours
- Importance of working together (including information sharing)
- Culture and supervisory oversight
- Prioritisation and risk (and pressures of demand)
- The role of other agencies
- The quality of service provision
- Evaluation and Accountability
Taken directly from the report, the conclusion states: ‘The Constabulary, Bristol City Council and SARI share a common view: that each have made efforts to reduce the risk of failing to protect vulnerable victims of crime, but that the risk still remained high. The challenges outlined within each self-assessment demonstrated a common understanding of issues, approaches to resolve and difficulties in doing so. All three leaders are committed to working together to build upon the progress to-date.’
Sue continued: “We know there are still gaps around the identification of vulnerability, hate crime, support provision and prevention of victimisation, but I am encouraged by the collective commitment to ensuring vulnerable people are protected and the acknowledgment that improvements will continue to be made to address these gaps.”
Following the publication of the report, those agencies involved in the process are developing an action plan to ensure continuous improvement is made against the themes identified by the report and to ensure all identified actions are addressed, monitored and evaluated.
To read the report click here.
Posted on Friday 24th August 2018