NISMP, the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership which aims to work across the spheres of government to ensure that Northern
Ireland is a welcoming place for new migrants, have published a report on Community Confidence.
After the Community Safety Strategy, identified Building Community Confidence in the Criminal Justice System as a key priority in its plans and policies, the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership have examined confidence in relation to minority ethnic communities in Northern Ireland.
They have published the BME and Migrant Confidence in Policing and Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland paper as an exploratory exercise which considers how measures taken to improve confidence have impacted on these groups and how they might be delivered to further increase levels of confidence. The report states that,
Confident communities are more likely to engage with the police through reporting crime, more likely to participate in the administration of justice through stepping forward to act as a witness when necessary, and more likely to work pro-actively with agencies on developing and supporting solutions to local issues of community safety. In doing so they are subsequently less likely to engage in criminal or anti-social behaviour. Working in partnership with communities has therefore been recognised as a key mechanism through which the goals of the community safety strategy are more likely to be realised.
The paper also highlights a number of key approaches which can influence levels of confidence among minority ethnic communities, including:
- Improving information on the role and responsibilities of CJS constituent agencies
and related accountability mechanisms.
- Improving communication: with communities; between CJS constituent agencies;
and on outcomes achieved.
- Confidence as a 2-way relationship – developing the confidence of CJS agencies in
- Improving the representation of minority ethnic communities within CJS agencies.
- Identifying BME/migrant groups as full community members rather than engaging with them only as victims of hate crime.
You can download and read the report in full or contact NISMP for full details.