The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has now published the commissioning plan for a range of victim services for the area. This follows a period of consultation in which feedback was invited from a wide range of 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. New services will be put in place from April 2019 when the current contracts and grants conclude.
Voscur has been actively involved throughout 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:
“This is an interesting an important commissioning process for victims across Avon and Somerset. Voscur is involved with me as an advisor to the recommissioning board and through a recent engagement event in Bristol.
“The now published commissioning plan includes some notable points:
• Total budget has been fully protected – no mean feat in these challenging times
• An prevention and early intervention fund has been created
• The tender window is longer than it needs to be – in recognition of it falling over school holidays
• Bidders working collaboratively will be required to provide written agreements – supporting the provider market to avoid ‘bid candy’
Voscur hopes that these positive developments will encourage the VCSE sector to form partnerships and develop innovative proposals to deliver these services.”
To read the commissioning plan, click here.