A review of the three One Teams in Taunton Deane was carried out over a 16 month period from October 2015 to March 2017.
The report, published this week, included many positive findings saying “the impact and difference that the One Teams make to the communities they serve is significant.”
It also highlighted some areas where the One Team model could be further improved, and the partners will look to address these over the coming months.
Councillor Jane Warmington, Executive Councillor for Community Leadership, said: “We’ve known for a long time that the One Team model of working makes real sense for public services and the community. It ensures a more joined up service for our tenants and residents in areas where there is traditionally a greater need for more support. This report illustrates that when residents become engaged, are listened to and supported, they take up responsibility and help their communities become safer and more pleasant places in which to live. We are pleased that the report recognises the benefits of One Team working to individuals, families, communities and staff from the different agencies working in them."
The One Team locality working initiative was first launched in Halcon, with Taunton Deane Borough Council and Avon and Somerset Police as the founding partners.
It now operates in North Taunton, Wellington and other towns in Somerset, and partners include Somerset County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, health and education services, Knightstone Housing, schools, churches and partners from the private sector.
The “think differently – do differently” approach has resulted in a significant fall in crime, domestic violence, and housing evictions, and has improved engagement of families with the children’s centre services.
It was Highly Commended in the Municipal Journal’s (MJ) local government awards this year for its achievements in “Delivering Better Outcomes.” Leaders and frontline staff have also been recognised by Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in the Pride awards.
The report from Bath Spa University praised the One Team model saying: “What makes the One Team different and sets it apart from other partnerships initiatives, is a real commitment to enable and work with the communities in identifying the real causes that impact on their quality of life and developing a range of solutions that only a truly collaborative approach can deliver.”
Mike Prior, Avon and Somerset Police Superintendent for Neighbourhood and Partnerships in Somerset, added: “The One Team concept is the best example of partnership working for the benefit of the local community. It takes a long term and innovative view of the issues which need to be tackled to help a community get stronger, happier and healthier. As a Somerset lad, who grew up in and around Taunton, I am proud to see the difference the One Teams have made to communities and individuals turning back decades of difficulties in a few years. Not only does this help all of society but also it also helps the police do a better job in assisting those in need and protecting all the people of Somerset.”
The report is being presented to the Taunton Deane Strategic Partnership Board on Friday 22 September 2017.