Decision 50/2022 – Surrey & Borders Partnership Child Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CISVA)

Author and Job Role: Lucy Thomas, Commissioning & Policy Lead for Victim Services

Protective Marking:  OFFICIAL

Executive Summary:

This funding is being provided under the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) additional investment in the recruitment of additional Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA).


To award funding for the provision of Child Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CISVA) to provide a service to all children and young people in Surrey. Sexual violence of any kind is a traumatic experience and for children and young people can have dramatic repercussions for the rest of their lives. In addition to group and individual therapy to help their recovery, children, young people and their families need practical support in the aftermath of any incident and through any court proceedings. This can be a stressful experience as it may involve a re-telling of the traumatic incident. The CISVA is focused on this practical, supportive role, acting as an independent advocate for the child/young person and providing support for historic and recent allegations.


The posts will work with the Surrey’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), known as Solace. Under-18s account for approximately one third of all cases seen at the SARC. The Police and Crime Commissioner to approve £62,146 To meet the costs of one CISVA.

Police and Crime Commissioner Approval

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: Lisa Townsend, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey (Wet signed copy held at PCC’s Office)

Date: 20 December 2022

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Areas of consideration:

Financial implications

No implication


No legal implication


No risks

Equality and diversity

No implications

Risks to human rights

No risks