Victim's Services Re-design
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been responsible for commissioning victims services since October 2014. In Thames Valley the annual victim’s grant from the Ministry of Justice has been used to provide:
i. A referral mechanism with onward local support
ii. A young victims service
iii. Third- party reporting for hate crime
iv. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) service
v. A victim – led Restorative Justice service
vi. Specialist Counselling
vii. Domestic Violence - Complex Needs and Medium Risk Safety Planning
viii. The Willow Project - service for victims of exploitation and other victim with complex needs
In 2017/18 the Office of the PCC went through a ‘Victim’s Services Re-design Project’ to:
- Bring to an end the existing ‘opt-out’ police referral mechanism and move to an opt-in (consent-based) model
- Replace the Victim Assessment and Referral Centre with a Thames Valley based ‘Hub’ (‘Victim’s First’ hub)
The Victims First Hub was launched in late March 2018 and is able to take referrals for and from any victim or witness who requires support, assess their needs and refer them to an appropriate service.
Our contract for specialist services are due to finish at the end of the March 2020. We wish to learn from and build on current arrangements and develop services to better meet the needs of victims, particularly, where there are gaps in current provision and to improve multi-agency approach.
Market Engagement Events
We want to engage with voluntary and community sector (VSC) organisations from the outset on the principles and outline approach. These events provide an opportunity to consult with Directors and Senior Managers of VCS providers and related services.
- Thursday 29th November 2018 - Jury's Inn, Oxford - PowerPoint Presentation
For information on the engagement activities we carried out in 2017 visit our 'Market Engagement Events 2017' page