Preparations for Commissioning
The Office of the PCC carried out extensive work and preparation to get ready for commissioning this included consultation with voluntary and community sector providers. This included lengthy engagement with victims' organisations across the Thames Valley to ensure that all potential providers were well-informed and ready to take part in the commissioning process.
Our commisioning commitments
Throughout our commissioning process we were and will be inthe future committed to:
- Ensuring that local commissioning priorities are based on a comprehensive picture of victims' needs in the Thames Valley
- A consultative approach, involving potential providers especially voluntary and community organisations
- Investing in the capacity of the provider base, particularly those working with victims of the most serious crime, those persistently targeted or vulnerable and intimidated victims
- Focusing clearly on the key outcomes of helping victims to 'cope and recover'
- Ensuring that funding decisions are accountable, transparent and well-informed.
The PCC's commissioning intentions is set out in this document Victim Services Commissioning Intentions
Transitional Funding Rounds
Our local commissioning of specialist services for victims in the Thames Valley by the PCC, including RJ services, involved a six step process from including transitional funding and then moving to commissioning services:
(1) First Phase Victims and RJ Grants competition (May 2014) Transitional Grant Awards for first phase
(2) Second Phase Victims and RJ Grants competition (Sept 2014), and Transitional Grant Awards for second phase
(3) Third Phase Victims and RJ Grants competition (Nov 2014) Transitional Grant Awards for third phase
(4) Fourth Phase Victims and RJ Grants competition (Jan 2015) Transitional Grant awards for fourth phase
(5) Contract tendering for commissioned services (Oct 2014 to Mar 2015)
(6) Domestic Violence Victims with Complex and/or specialist Needs - County Based Pilot Projects Grant Funding
Enagagement is and will continue to be a key part of our commissioning process. A series of workshops and events were held in the Thames Valley between June 2014 to March 2015, to help prepare for local commissioning including those voluntary and community organisations which may not be familiar with competitive tendering processes and to consult on service specifications. The workshops:
- Provided up-to-date information on transitional grant-funding and commissioning arrangements
- Offered practical advice and resources to support participation in the bidding process
- Facilitated partnership-working between organisations, where appropriate
- Enabled a two-way dialogue with the PCC, informing the commissioning approach
These events were free of charge, organised by Citadel Policy & Communications Ltd on behalf of the PCC.
In addition, a half-day workshop to help organisations in the forthcoming tendering exercise to deliver specialist victims' services across the Thames Valley was also held.