Commissioning Services for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence.

Decision

To approve the signing of the contacts for the Sexual Assault & Abuse Services

Decision Summary

Police and Crime Commissioners (“PCCs”) have a statutory duty to put in place support services for all victims of crime. The Constabulary are jointly responsible for commissioning a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, with NHS England, to act as a single place where forensic samples can be secured and support provided. The national commissioning guidance requires the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to actively support this commissioning process.

As reported to the PCC’s Business Co-ordination Board on the 23rd January significant progress has been made in re-commissioning both the Sexual Assault Referral Centre and the support services for victims and survivors of sexual violence. The paper detailed the process which was followed and recommended the contracts were signed once finalised.

Following a successful tendering process contracts have been awarded to:

·         Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Centre to provide a countywide an all age ISVA Service and an emotional support service;

·         Mountain Healthcare to provide a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.