Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting tenders to deliver a new support service for victims of crime.
Paddy Tipping wants Nottinghamshire Victims’ CARE (Cope And Recovery Empowerment) up and running from 1 January 2017.
Contracts for existing services come to an end on 31 December this year and Mr Tipping has responsibility and funding from the Ministry of Justice to commission local victims services.
The majority of victims of crime supported through current services are referrals from Nottinghamshire Police but the Commissioner is keen to ensure people who don’t report crimes to the police are also supported.
The successful tender will be expected to deliver a new model which provides help where victims are most likely to access it, including from groups based within their communities. It includes a key role for grassroots groups who will act as ‘community points’ in an effort to reach a greater number of people.
The community points will be supported and funded by a Victims’ CARE hub, which will also provide crime prevention advice, emotional support, expert advocacy and restorative justice help for victims.
The new model was designed as part of an independent review of victims services which found that very often grassroots community groups are supporting victims of crime already, without any funding or recognition.
The service is specifically for victims of crime, with help also available for people who have suffered antisocial behaviour, hate incidents and identify theft. Support for domestic and sexual violence survivors is not included as they will be supported by specialist services already in place.
Mr Tipping said: “It is hugely important that victims of crime and antisocial behaviour are given access to a range of support to help them deal with and come to terms with what has happened.
“I have made a commitment to give victims a voice and I believe the new model that has been created will see services improve and a far greater number of people helped as a result.”
The deadline for tenders is midday on 2 September with the contract being awarded at the end of September 2016.
It is published on Bluelight: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/8355881a-a0d5-4410-88e9-84ac4fc8c703
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Posted on Monday 18th July 2016