Thames Valley Commissioning
In October 2019 the PCC announced new arrangements for the delivery of services to support victims of crime.
Following a commissioning process conducted by the OPCC, the charity Thames Valley Partnership will deliver a Specialist Service for Adult Victims and SAFE! have been awarded a further 3 year contract to provide services to young victims of crime across the Thames Valley. Both contracts will begin in April 2020.
The Adult Specialist Service will provide support to victims who have higher level, or longer term, needs. The support will be provided by specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs), Restorative Justice Practitioners, Exploitation Specialists and staff with other relevant specialist skills and knowledge.
Support will be tailored to meet victims’ individual needs, regardless of the crime type they have experienced and could include trauma-informed interventions in individual or group settings, advocacy support including help to access mental health or drug and alcohol services, restorative justice conferencing, as well as practical and emotional support to navigate the criminal justice process.
Thames Valley Partnership will work closely with partner organisations Oxford Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) and Trusthouse Reading to deliver the service involving co-located teams; bringing professionals with different specialisms together.
As the existing service provider of the PCC’s Young Victim’s Service, SAFE! will continue to provide practical and emotional support to young victims from 5 to 18 years of age; implementing its Protective Behaviours model to equip young people with the tools they need to keep themselves safe.
Commissioning Adult Specialist Support
A short series of workshops were held with voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in March 2018 to inform the redesign of services for victims with complex or multiple needs. This builds on learning from current services and previous engagement with VCS delivering and directly supporting such services. The discussion considered the principles and practical issues to inform the next stage of development and commissioning.
A tender was issued in summer 2019, with the contract awarded in autumn 2019 with a view to working with the lead agency to establish a new service for April 2020.
Market Engagement Events were held on the following dates and locations:
- Thursday 29th November 2018 - Jury's Inn, Oxford - PowerPoint Presentation
- 5th March (Oxford), 11th March (Maidenhead) and 12th March (Aylesbury) - PowerPoint Presentation
For information on the engagement activities we carried out in 2017 visit our Market Engagement Events 2017 page.
Additional Information and Contact Us
Contract Management Strategy - This document outlines our key principles for contract management and the process we follow. It also contains information on performance reporting and our governance arrangements.
For more information, please contact us by visiting the Victims First website.