Pioneering PCC contract set to boost support for victims of crime in Sussex
This week a cross-party consortium of three Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in the South East has published a specification inviting organisations to tender for a contract that will provide improved support to victims of crime across the region.
The commissioning framework, which was developed by the Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioners, has been recognised as best practice by a further 18 PCCs – including the Mayor’s Office (MOPAC) – who have all added their names to the specification. This means one provider could operate a service for victims that stretches from Sussex to Durham.
The specification follows months of intensive preparation by the South East consortium to understand the specific needs of victims and uncover any gaps in the current service provision.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who will take on (from April 2015) the full range of commissioning responsibilities for victims’ services said: “This commissioning arrangement is exciting because it is the first time a significant group of PCCs have come together to pool resources on such a large scale.
“In Sussex, we have conducted a thorough needs analysis with Portsmouth University, engaging with victims and practitioners to discuss options for how services should be commissioned in the future. This consultation has been vital to ensure we put in place the best support for victims, underpinned by quality services, effective referral and partnership working between the police, the public and the voluntary and community sectors.
“My Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them and that includes putting the needs of victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do.”
The contract will be awarded end of October and service providers have until 19 August to submit their tenders. Service provision will begin 1 April 2015.