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News - 21 November 2012

An educational first for Community Safety Partnerships

The national CSP Academy has announced an academic collaboration with Staffordshire University which will build on the existing CSP Academy qualifications and training programme to develop Higher Education for Community Safety Partnership Practitioners throughout the UK.

The collaboration will include the development of new higher education programmes and progression opportunities for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level specifically written and designed for CSP Practitioners recognition and career progression.

The programme is specifically designed for those who work in or are engaged with Community Safety Partnerships which are established in every local authority in England and Wales.

Community Safety Partnerships involve local authorities, police and other relevant groups such as housing, fire, education, health and third sector organisations who work together to reduce crime and disorder in their area. CSP Academy student body representatives will be invited to comment & contribute in partnership with Staffordshire University in developing the curriculum where appropriate.

In partnership with Staffordshire University the CSP Academy will soon offer the most comprehensive qualifications programme in the country for practitioners working in this field. From specialist training, to vocational qualifications right the way to Masters level degree courses, whatever the learning needs the CSP Academy will be able to help.

Bob Kennett, Academic Director of the CSP Academy said: "It is important in these straitened times that not one minute of learning is squandered. Being able to offer accreditation at Higher and Further Education or both, dependant on the practitioner's career development is vital. Students and organisations will not waste one minute of past or future spend on training and education with the CSP Academy This is a first as we are using our student body's need for universal recognition by all agencies involved as being qualified as Community Safety Partnership practitioners standardising Further and Higher Education in this area for their career progression between agencies.

To support Police and Crime Commissioners, with reduced resources and issues such as Domestic Homicide Reviews and enhanced services for people with disability, mental health and alcohol and drug issues, getting it right first time in multi-agency working is essential.

CSP Academy student body members will be embedded in the curriculum design and development to ensure that we get the right investigative, CSI skills, partnership working, Restorative Approaches and issues such as professional fund raising required in modern Community Safety Partnerships. The key aspect is CSP Academy students past and present will be involved in designing the curriculum."

Margaret Bannerman of Staffordshire University said: "Staffordshire University's Faculty of Health Sciences, along with the Schools of both Law and Sciences, look forward to working with CSP Academy to utilise their extensive skills and resources to develop programmes to meet the Education and Training needs of Practitioners working within Community Safety Partnerships.

It is essential that those working within such specialities are involved in the development of educational programmes and as such we will be involving the professional bodies who are involved in setting standards within these areas."

To view the current CSP Academy programme of learning visit www.cspacademy.ac.uk

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