Decision Log 043/2021 – Funding for the Provision of Victim Services

Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey – Decision Making Record

Funding for the provision of victim services

Decision number: 043/2021

Author and Job Role: Damian Markland, Policy & Commissioning Lead for Victim Services

Protective Marking: Official

  • Summary

In October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) took on responsibility for commissioning support services for victims of crime, to help individuals cope and recover from their experiences. This paper sets out recent funding committed by the PCC in fulfilment of these duties.

  • Standard Funding Agreements

2.1 Service: WiSE Worker Project

Provider: YMCA Downslink Group

Grant: £119,500

Summary: The OPCC has historically provided funding for two WiSE (What is Sexual Exploitation) Project Workers (including management support costs) to deliver targeted interventions to children & young people who are victims of sexual exploitation, or at risk of becoming one. WiSE workers work closely with police teams and provide dedicated support for children and young people affected by CSE to help them cope, recover and rebuild their lives. Due to staff attrition within the service, there is a need to recruit to vacant posts, but to do so with only six months remaining under the current funding agreement will likely prove difficult. As such, the PCC has agreed to commit to funding for 2022/23 to allow the service to advertise the required posts with more favourable terms.

Budget: Victim Fund 2022/23

3.0 Police and Crime Commissioner Approval

I approve the recommendations as detailed in Section 2 of this report.

Signature: Lisa Townsend (wet copy signature held in OPCC)

Date: 3rd November 2021

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