What is a needs assessment?
Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) have been used in the health service and local government since 2007 to inform and guide the commissioning of health, well‐being and social care services within a local authority area. A JSNA analyses the needs of populations, not the demand for services, now and in the future.
This document is based on the JSNA approach and acts as an overarching primary evidence base, or bigger picture, for all authorities responsible for community safety in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It can be used to inform commissioning arrangements.
How does that translate into policing?
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, which abolishes police authorities, places a responsibility on the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to reduce crime and disorder across the area in partnership with responsible authorities. The commissioners must set out their objectives for achieving this in a five‐year police and crime plan. The plan should detail how policing resources will be allocated and what crime and disorder reduction grants the commissioners intend to make from their unringfenced budget.
A multi ‐agency assessment of the health and wider social needs of victims of crime and offenders who live in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will provide a strong evidence base to inform this plan. It will complement, but not duplicate, the existing police and community safety partnership strategic assessments and identify inequalities of the local population now and in the future.
Supplementary Witness Report - November 2012 (380.43 KB)