Avon & Somerset Police Crime Commissioner consults on victim services

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14 March, 2018
The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has published draft commissioning intentions for a range of victim services and is now inviting feedback from local stakeholders.  
The PCC is responsible for the commissioning of local victim services such as emotional support for victims, independent sexual violence advisors and modern slavery support. This engagement on the draft plan is part of a process of review of the services currently provided, in preparation for decisions on what will be put in place from April 2019 when the current contracts and grants conclude.
Voscur is actively involved in this process, our role being to provide VCSE sector perspectives in the Board’s discussions and decisions. This includes our experiences of supporting Bristol VCSE organisations to engage with many different commissioning processes, and the positive learning from this work around creating mutually beneficial processes and outcomes. 
Mark Hubbard, Head of Commissioning & Collaboration at Voscur, is a member of the Recommissioning Board. Mark says:
“Voscur was very pleased to be invited to be part of the Victim Services Recommissioning Board. Through our past work, we have helped to build bridges between commissioners and the VCSE sector, and have seen first-hand how this way of working creates meaningful and accessible commissioning processes that encourage engagement from a wide range of different groups and stakeholders. 
"The VCSE sector’s on the ground experience of the needs of our local communities is unparalleled and we are hearted to see that the PCC is keen to take their knowledge and perspective into account when panning for future service provision.” 
The engagement period runs until 3rd June 2018, after which the final commissioning plan will be put in place. 
Victims of crime and anti-social behaviour will have the opportunity to share their views from April during a separate engagement exercise. Details will be posted on the OPCC website.
For more information and to respond to the online survey on the commissioning intentions, visit: 
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