Head of the Safer Communities Network

Grade 7 - SCP 50 – 52 (£51,603 - £ 59,358)

Closing Date - Sunday 26th September 2021

Politically Restricted:  Yes                                           Welsh Language essential: No

About the Role

Community Safety Partnerships, each to be led jointly by the Local Authority and the Local Police and involving partner agencies and the local community, were established as a statutory requirement by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and have a positive history of problem solving and early intervention to prevent harm and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. 

During the past decade, when resources were cut drastically for Councils and the Police, much of the work of Community Safety Partnerships was weakened, leading to a Ministerial initiative by Welsh Government to refresh Community Safety in Wales, following which the WLGA and Policing in Wales – representing the lead local partners – established the Safer Communities Board for Wales and invited other relevant partners to join the Board.  The key development has been the work to develop a Safer Communities Network for Wales. 

Financial support to establish the Network has been provided by Welsh Government, as well as the two lead partners, and enthusiasm has been shown by the other key partners and by community safety practitioners in both Local Government and Policing. 

Remarkable progress has been made in developing the Network and in providing strategic leadership across Wales and we are now seeking an inspirational team leader to maintain and continue this ground-breaking initiative.

About the Role

The post-holder will work closely with and be accountable to the Safer Communities Board to:

lead the development, establishment and co-ordination of the Safer Communities Network for Wales;
provide line management for the Network staff team and specifically the Network Business & Network Development Manager and the Network Communications & Events Manager;
support and coordinate successful completion and delivery of the Board’s work programme as agreed;
promote, support and facilitate the reinvigoration of local, regional and national leadership for community safety partnership working across Wales;
be responsible for keeping stakeholders up to date with policy and practice developments in community safety and related areas;
provide opportunities for sharing emerging and evidenced best practice on the coordination and local delivery of community safety priorities.

Information about the Safer Communities Board for Wales

This post will primarily support and take forward the work of the Safer Communities Board, supporting and enabling the Board to provide leadership, oversight and direction to community safety work across Wales.  The Board has been established by local government and policing in Wales, involving other partners, with the aim of providing effective shared leadership to support local partnership working to support safe, strong and more confident communities.

The Board will provide shared national leadership in tackling and addressing community safety issues, including identifying new and emerging shared priorities for cation and ensuring a supportive policy, practice and partnership infrastructure is in place to enable successful delivery, locally and regionally as most appropriate.  It will also promote joined-up approach nationally and locally to related initiatives and projects such as the Violence Prevention Unit, the ACE’s Hub and Early Action Together to highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention approaches and ensuring they are embedded in practice locally, regionally and nationally in Wales.

Download Recruitment Pack Here

Download Application form Here




The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

Tel : 029 2046 8600
Mail : enquiry@wlga.gov.uk
Business Hours : Mon - Thurs 8:30 - 5:00, Fri - 08:30 - 16:30