- Identifying vulnerable people and reducing harm
Where a person is vulnerable as a result of their situation or circumstances and unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation, I will aim to ensure resources are there to support them. Critical to preventing harm is the ability of professionals to identify vulnerability at the earliest opportunity. I am working with Surrey Police so that the right support is in place to break this cycle, to both improve the chances of a better life for the individual but also to make better use of police resources.
- Supporting those with mental health needs
Police regularly spend time dealing with people who are experiencing mental health crisis. This is not always the best use of police resource and does not provide the individual with the specialist help they need. I will work with partners in health and local authorities to ensure that provision is consistent, timely and appropriate. I will do what I can to support innovative solutions to improve partnership working, such as the initiative by Surrey Police whereby trained medical professionals work in the police contact centre.
- Help for those with multiple needs
Over the next two years I plan to fund a number of projects to support those with multiple needs. Surrey has recently become a “Making Every Adult Matter” (MEAM) area. This national initiative will see statutory agencies and the voluntary sector working together to transform the lives of people in Surrey experiencing a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health.
In Surrey there are almost 2,000 cases of vulnerable people, including children, going missing every year, often time and time again. Most are younger people who may go missing upwards of 20 times. Surrey Police will work closely with Surrey County Council, children homes, private providers and hospitals to find missing people and put in place appropriate support. I will hold Surrey Police and partners to account for the appropriate sharing of information and reducing repeat missing people cases.