14/2024 – Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls and Supporting Children: What Works Fund

Author and Job Role: Louise Andrews; VAWG Policy and Commissioning Officer

Protective Marking:  OFFICIAL

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey successfully secured £980,295 through a bid to Home Office What Works Fund. This funding will be used to conduct activity aimed at preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and supporting children.

The Home Office awarded the value of up to £980,295, commencing 01 October 2022 through to 30 March 2025 to deliver two projects. The first is a specialist training programme for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) teachers, along with targeted support involving specialist victim support services. This will be offered to every school in Surrey. The additional training will enable teachers to support students and reduce their risk of becoming either a victim or using abuse in the future. The second project will be a wider public communications campaign aimed at preventing VAWG and complimenting and supporting the PSHE training delivery. 

  • The YMCA DownsLink Group to employ a WiSE prevention worker, funding awarded for this role will be up to £12,247 based on actual expenditure in 2024/2025.
  • Award Surrey County Council up to £61,152 based on actual expenditure in 2024/25 to implement the PSHE education package for teachers. This will cover costs for logistics (such as venue hire and education materials), supply teaching cover and project management and evaluation.
  • Award Surrey Domestic Abuse Partnership up to £190,936 based on actual expenditure in 2024/25 to fund VAWG Prevention and Engagement Workers.  
  • Award the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) up to £56,090 based on actual expenditure in 2024/25 to increase their rape and sexual abuse support service provision.
  • Award Surrey Police up to £33,000 based on actual expenditure in 2024/25 to deliver the communications campaign and complete an evaluation.

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend (wet signed copy held at Commissioner’s office)

Date: 01 July 2024

All decisions must be added to the decision register.

Financial implications

Payment will be made from the Home Office quarterly in arrears according to spend.


No legal Implications


No risks

Equality and diversity

No implications

Risks to human rights

No risks