This programme will see forces in Wales take a significant step towards realising that vision by working closely with partners and involving a number of stakeholders - all aiming to better protect the vulnerable and ensure they have the necessary support to break the generational cycle of adversity and develop the resilience required to allow their own children to lead happier, healthier, safer lives. 

Collaboration between Public Health and Policing has developed in Wales over the last two years as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable for South Wales with Public Health Wales.

The original MoU set out the benefits of working together to tackle many of the issues facing policing, criminal justice and public health and has resulted in significant joint work. 

This Partnership Agreement supersedes the Agreement made between Public Health Wales and South Wales Police and seeks to bring about systems-wide change and integrated service delivery across Wales through driving action and a joined-up response to priority issues across policing, criminal justice and partners.

To transform the policing of vulnerability to a multi-agency ACE informed approach for early intervention and root cause prevention.

This Partnership Agreement sets out the commitment of Public Health Wales, Policing and Criminal Justice partners to jointly develop a programme of work aimed at building organisational and community resilience through a public health approach; understanding and identifying the root causes of common issues that cut across policing, health and criminal justice and designing, testing and implementing long-term sustainable solutions. 

The Partnership Agreement recognises that Policing and Public Health are intimately related. The Police are the first responders to a range of complex situations involving criminal, civil or public health-related issues.

We know that much of what police respond to is directed at preservation of health and wellbeing therefore, taking a public health approach provides a useful framework to understand the risk factors and building blocks with which to address vulnerability and increase resilience across the life course. 

The partners include:

  • The four Police and Crime Commissioners and the four Chief Constables for South Wales, North Wales, Dyfed Powys and Gwent
  • The Director of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service in Wales
  • The Chief Executive of the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company
  • The Director of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, Wales
  • The Director for Wales of the Youth Justice Board
  • The Chair of Public Health Wales
  • The Chief Executive of Public Health Wales