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Introduction to the Network

Who are the Wales Safer Communities Network?

The Wales Safer Communities Network was established in January 2021 following the recommendations of the Welsh Government’s Working Together for Safer Communities Review 2017.

Our mission is to become the strategic voice for community safety in Wales, through working collaboratively with our members to champion and support community safety partnership working and influence the shaping and development of national policy and local practice. 

Our core members are Policing in Wales and Local Government, with other key partners involved in community safety delivery in Wales, including Welsh Government, Fire & Rescue, Health, and Probation. The Network is currently hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

We work closely with local Community Safety Partnerships. To find out more about who we work with, click through the above dynamic infographic.

The Network is overseen by the Wales Safer Communities Board, who provide joint governance between Local Government, Policing in Wales, and other partners. The Board aims to ensure effective shared leadership is provided to support local partnership working that promotes safe, strong, confident communities.

Meet the Team

Emma joins the team from North Wales Police with almost 30 years’ service where she was the Head of Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Emma’s background in policing includes major and serious organised crime, leading partnership analysis and projects, and she has also been a programme lead for a national risk management tool (MoRiLE). Emma joins the Wales Safer Communities Network directly from a term of secondment with the Wales Violence Prevention Unit (VPU) and is the vice-chair of the Wales Data and Analysis Innovation and Improvement Network (WDAIIN). Emma brings a wealth of experience and expertise and a huge passion for being evidence led, collaborative working, prevention and the Wales safer communities vision.

Joining the team from Cardiff Third Sector Council, Sarah has extensive experience of facilitating partnerships and networks in the housing, health, social care and well-being sector. She was the Chair of the Cardiff and Vale Commissioning, Finance and Delivery Group for the Substance Misuse Area Planning Board and of the Cardiff and Vale Learning Disability Partnership Group, as well as representing CVC health and social care leads from across Wales at the Ministerial Third Sector Health, Social Care and Wellbeing meetings. Sarah has been the Chair of a domestic abuse charity, where her expertise on good governance and working in partnership was put to good use. She has a degree in Business Studies with ICT from the Open University and a qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

A native Welsh speaker and champion for inclusivity, Holly joins the Network from the National Autism Team where she led on communications and events. With an English Literature degree from the University of Edinburgh, she is excited to be working in community safety and is eager to begin sharing stories and highlighting the fantastic work taking place in Wales, whilst raising awareness of community safety.

With thirteen years of experience working for Policing in Wales, Helen joins the Network knowing the importance of partnership working. Helen has a degree in Sociology and Criminology from Cardiff University and has been involved with numerous community volunteer programmes recognising her commitment and passion for proactive engagement in keeping Wales a safer place.


As part of the Network’s ongoing evaluation of our offer to partners and stakeholders, we have undertaken an evaluation of our Seminar Series and fortnightly newsletter “BRIFF”.

Since its inception in January 2021, the Network has run two seminar series – the summer series ran between June to July 2021, and the winter series from February to March 2022. Each series consisted of three virtual seminars each.

Between 7 December 2021 and 28 January 2022, the Network conducted a satisfaction survey of the fortnightly newsletter, BRIFF. At the time the survey closed, there had been 47 issues published via email.

The core audience of both the seminar series and BRIFF is professionals and practitioners working in community safety in Wales, which includes both devolved and non-devolved agencies, public, private and third sector colleagues.

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Join the Wales Safer Communities Network as we work to raise awareness of community safety in Wales. We act as a voice to influence policy, legislation, and practice for local and national devolved and non-devolved matters that impact community safety and the delivery of safer communities across Wales.

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This is the first annual report for the Wales Safer Communities Network. It is a short report which covers from November 2020 until 31 March 2021 (the Safer Communities Network Team started to operate in January 2021). Future annual reports will provide further information, including an overview of the year from the joint Chairs of the Wales Safer Communities Board, which provides leadership to the work of the Network.

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