Our History

Safe in Tees Valley was formed in 1996 in response to widespread concern about high levels of crime in the Tees Valley. From the outset, we focused on bringing people, communities and organisations together, pioneering the partnership approach that has since become the accepted model of working in the public sector.

We made an instant impact successfully bidding for £7.5m of funding from the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) Challenge Fund, both raising our profile and providing the investment to take plans forward. This funding was primarily used to encourage people, communities and organisations to work together, providing a platform for the development of a range of innovative projects to tackle crime.

As Safe in Tees Valley grew in stature and reputation, an increasing number of partners sought to draw upon our expertise to initiate new - often innovative - areas of work. This in turn led to the development of our portfolio of specialist services necessary to provide partners with effective support.

By the time SRB funding was discontinued, we had developed the means to generate sufficient income to maintain our independence and continue to further community safety and support communities and organisations in the Tees Valley.

Initially set up as a not for profit limited company, we successfully applied for registered charity status in 2005, confirming our commitment to improving quality of life in the Tees Valley.

Our work has developed through involvement with local Community Safety Partnerships and a variety of organisations committed to making the area a safer place.. By engaging with these partners we access a unique overview of the emerging issues across the sub-region. This has provided opportunities to work together with a variety of organisations to identify good practice that can be shared area-wide, or even regionally and nationally.

Over the years we have been operating, patterns of crime and public concern about safety have continuously shifted. In the 1990's car crime and domestic burglary were at the forefront of partnership priorities and as successful strategies were employed to reduce crime levels, concern shifted to the impact of drug abuse on our communities. Once again a refocusing of resources saw reductions in drug related crime but surveys and local consultation saw the emergence of growing concern about the 'fear of crime' and anti-social behaviour. Currently hate crime, vulnerability, domestic abuse and persistently high levels of reoffending are areas of local concern.

We have responded to all these concerns; securing funding for new initiatives, forming new partnerships and challenging existing providers to use existing funds more effectively. Above all looking for opportunities to innovate, fill gaps in service provision and improve the consistency and quality of services across the area.

In particular, we have recently been successful in securing commissions to provide victim care, SARC services and Restorative Justice, all projects of a scale and significance that will enhance SITV's reputation.

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