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Commissioning: 2014 – March 2018

In October 2014, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) became responsible for commissioning new emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley.

Preparations for Commissioning

The Office of the PCC carried out extensive work and preparation to get ready for commissioning victims services this included consultation with voluntary and community sector providers. Lengthy engagement with victims' organisations across the Thames Valley aimed to ensure that all potential providers were well-informed and ready to take part in the commissioning process. 

Our commissioning commitments

Throughout our commissioning process we were and will be in the 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  

Engagement Workshops

Engagement 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. 

Additional Information

Transitional Grant Funding for Counselling Provision

Commissioning Update - July 2015

Commissioning update - March 2015

PPT: February Workshops Presentation

Procurement Information (change of tendering portal) - January 2015

Commissioning update and next steps - December 2014

Final Grant Funding Opportunity: Supporting Victims of Crime

FAQs - Updated 12 November 

PPT: October Workshops Presentation

Commissioning of Victims Services - Feedback

Commissioning update - July 2014

PPT:    Powerpoint presentation from June events


VCS briefing note on consortia building July 2014

PPT:  Commissioning Update - September 2014