Bid now to deliver specialist support for victims of crime

Merseyside / January 03

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is today inviting bids from charities, third sector and voluntary organisations to deliver four specialist support services for victims of some of the most damaging crimes.

Jane Kennedy is encouraging organisations to apply for the grants provided as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service which will support victims of hate crime, harmful practices and families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions

The announcement comes after the Commissioner revealed her plans to further improve the Victim Care Merseyside service from 2018 onwards by expanding some of the existing support services and commissioning a number of new services aimed at plugging the gaps created by new and emerging crimes.

To increase the consistency and provide increased stability for victims, Jane has also pledged to commission all the services delivered under the Victim Care Merseyside umbrella for the next three years, from 2018 to 2021.

Now, the Commissioner is inviting bids for the grants to deliver four key services with the aim of providing the best possible care to help victims cope and recover. The services are:

  • The Victim Care Merseyside hate crime support service (race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity) for £80,000
  • The Victim Care Merseyside support service for those subject to harmful practices (female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, honour-based violence, modern slavery, emerging harmful practices) for £22,000
  • The Victim Care Merseyside support service for families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions for £24,000.
  • A dedicated third-party reporting service for victims of hate crime (£25,000)

All four contracts can be viewed and the documents to apply can be found here

Jane said: “Nobody chooses to be a victim of crime, and when someone does suffer at the hands of others it is only right that they get the support to help them cope and recover.

“I am determined to provide the right support services for the most vulnerable victims through the Victim Care Merseyside service. A huge amount of time and energy has been invested into identifying where more support is needed and ensuring the services I am providing help the people who need it most.

“I want to get the very best organisations to deliver these services, which is why I am now inviting bids to deliver these new and expanded contracts from 2018 onwards. I know there are some fantastic organisations out there and I want to ensure I get the most dedicated, effective and skilled providers. I am looking forward to review the bids we receive to ensure victims of crime are offered the best possible services with the money which is available.”

Jane Kennedy first began to deliver some victim support services in 2014, before Victim Care Merseyside was officially launched in June 2015, after powers to commission victim support services were passed to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

In early 2017, the Commissioner took the decision to undertake a full review of the existing Victim Care Merseyside and assess if any new services were needed to make sure vulnerable victims of crime were receiving the best possible care. Between May and October last year, a detailed Victim Needs Assessment was carried out by the Commissioner’s team.

It incorporated extensive crime data reviews, a ‘what works’ literature review, a victim service mapping exercise and feedback sessions with service providers. Crucially it also involved extensive consultation with victims of crime, including an online survey, focus groups and one-to-one interviews. A special workshop was also held with nearly 40 support organisations with the aim of identifying ‘hidden’ crimes that may still be going on undetected and out of sight.

In light of the findings from this comprehensive assessment, the Commissioner announced her plans to further improve and expand upon the existing package of care and support over the next three years.

Commissioning workshop

In order to support and advice any organisation interested in applying for the services, a free dedicated commissioning workshop is being held by the PCC’s team at 1pm on Tuesday 9th January.

The event, which is taking place at LCVS at 151 Dale Street in Liverpool, will enable organisations to find out more about the criteria for bidding and the application process, as well as getting one-to-one advice on project planning.

If you are interested in attending, please register here.

If you have been affected by crime and need information, help or support, please visit Victim Care Merseyside.