National sexual violence specialist organisation LimeCulture CIC has published the findings of its Needs Assessment for Sexual Violence and Abuse Survivors in Nottinghamshire.
The research was commissioned by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands to inform future service commissioning by identifying the needs of sexual violence and abuse survivors, support services required and the likely demand in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Respondingto the findingsof the research, Mr Tipping said: “I welcome the detailed recommendations from this review. More than 50 individual victims and survivors of sexual violence contributed their views to this survey, which was one of the largest of its kind in Nottinghamshire. Their experiences and views will have a direct impact on the future design and funding of support services across Nottinghamshire and I am delighted so many were willing to get involved.
“Clearly, the project highlighted areas where provision must improve. The need for a single “coordinated hub” was identified, allowing survivors to access a broad spectrum of support services in one place, as well as enhanced care to address the complex mental health needs of victims and survivors of sexual violence.
“We have already undertaken some preliminary work, consulting with survivors on what a hub might look like and our partners on how it might be funded. I’ve also met with public sector funders including clinical commissioning groups to map out our next steps. The result of these discussions has been very positive, with the City and County Council and I agreeing to continue funding for the Survivor Support Service until June 2022 and the SV Engagement Manager until March 2021.
“Our colleagues need time to consider the full implications of this research and how they will respond. A progress meeting is planned for next month and I hope we will soon be in a position to fund and commission a new model of support that better reflects the needs of all survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Nottinghamshire.
“As part of these arrangements, we have been awarded new funding from NHS England/Improvement to deliver a new full-time mental health nurse within our specialist Sexual Violence and Abuse (SVA) services and additional specialists SVA counselling.
“My priority as Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is to protect the interests of all victims and ensure they receive the very best services to support their recovery in the future. Lessons have been learned and we are very firmly focused on the future.”
Roz Lindridge, Director of Specialised Commissioning and Health and Justice for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “The physical and emotional impact of sexual crimes lasts a lifetime, so it’s important that survivors can get the help they need, whenever they need it.
“We’re committed to working with Nottinghamshire survivors and the county’s police and crime commissioner to ensure that the right care is available to meet everyone’s needs.”
David Hollas of the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivors Support Group added: “I have made the point to survivors, and to others, the work and hard graft of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner should not be underestimated in delivering not only a CSA survivor support pathway, but also the broader support response to all victims of sexual violence.
“We have seen a significant investment from the Police and Crime Commissioner, not only determined by amount but also co-ordinating the response from partners and building confidence and trust with survivors in those services.”
The Lime Culture reports and executive summary can be found here
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Posted on Monday 25th November 2019