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Expression of Interest - £288,000 capital funding for specialist disbursed accommodation for women experiencing VAWDASV, with complex needs

Background

The Welsh Government has said that it wants to make Wales the safest place for women in Europe and the introduction of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act in 2015 is a manifestation of this aim. The National Strategy that followed in 2016 set out key objectives aimed at meeting the purposes of the Act and also the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (The Istanbul Convention).

Article 23 of the Convention provides for “the setting-up of appropriate, easily accessible shelters in sufficient numbers to provide safe accommodation for and to reach out proactively to victims, especially women and their children.”

Capital Allocation Awarded for 2023/24

North Wales has been allocated £288,000 in capital funding for disbursed units to support women experiencing VAWDASV. The funding will enable local authorities to acquire additional community-based disbursed units and/or move-on accommodation which can better meet the needs of families where emergency accommodation in the form of refuge may not be appropriate.  

Part of the proposal the North Wales VAWDASV Team submitted to Welsh Government states that when expressions of interest were requested that consortium approaches would need to be sought to ensure the best standard of accommodation and support for those accessing the service.

The Welsh Government’s Good Practice Framework for Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Substance Misuse June 2018 states the need for a “joint liaison/collaborative approach - The care of clients is jointly managed by both substance misuse and VAWDASV services, possibly with a link worker. This joint responsibility ensures the skills and expertise of both spheres of care is utilised.”

Priority will be given to projects that will provide additional support and benefits to:

  • families with teenage boys;
  • families with caring responsibilities for older dependents or those with additional needs;
  • male victims;
  • older people
  • victims with pets;
  • victims with mobility and/or disability needs;
  • victims who are LGBTQ+
  • survivors who are ready to move out of refuge, but not yet ready to move to fully independent and permanent accommodation

We would also like to see concepts that support the principles and aims of the ‘Routes to Support’ Pathway.  To allow for accessible services throughout the whole of Wales.

Expression of Interest

Please respond by completing the attached expression of interest form detailing how you;

  1. Would work in partnership to secure the building/s – please provide letters of support from partners or other evidence of joint working.
  2. Would work in partnership with substance misuse and mental health specialists to provide support – please provide letters of support from partners or other evidence of joint working.
  3. Would meet the revenue costs associated with the project and any additional funding that would be required (The Housing Support Grant Lead Officers are aware of the capital fund application and are working together to look at regional projects that require funding.  Please confirm if you have approached your local HSG about this proposal)
  4. Will ensure the Welsh language is supported and promoted.
  5. Will ensure that equal opportunities add value to the project.
  6. Can become sustainable in the longer term.
  7. Links with the VAWDASV needs assessment

Submissions are to be completed and returned to Rhiannon.edwards@flintshire.gov.uk and/or janet.leicester@flintshire.gov.uk  by lunchtime on 9th March 2023.

The decision making panel will then meet the following week and therefore any submissions following lunchtime on 9th March 2023 will not be considered.


Commissioned Services Data 

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner collates quarterly data from all commissioned services to demonstrate how they have performed and the outcomes they have achieved. 

The documents below provides information on each commissioned service and how they have performed including the number of referrals received and number of clients supported;


2021-23 Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors / Independent Sexual Violence Funding

Following a successful expression of interest to the Ministry of Justice the Police and Crime Commissioner, has been successfully secured an £1,312,106 additional to support Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence providers for the next 2 years. This additional funding will support 11.6 IDVA posts and 4.8 ISVA posts across the region and will provide reassurance to services over the longer term to continue to support victims and survivors.

The specialist services were chosen by a commissioning panel to ensure there was a transparent process and extensive scrutiny.

The document below provides information on the grant awarded and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year;


Funding to support the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) North Wales 

Following a successful expression of interest to the Ministry of Justice Rape Support Fund the Police and Crime Commissioner was successful in securing an additional £76,824.00 to fund a full time Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) for the next 2 years.  Since 2014 the North Wales PCC and more recently in partnership with the North Wales VAWDASV Board the Adult ISVA has been developed to provide a regional response across 6 counties supporting victims at a location convenient to their local area.  This specialist tailored support to victims and survivors of sexual violence is based at the Amethyst Centre, in Colwyn Bay and is a multi –partnership between the Health Board, North Wales Police and Third Sector agencies. The aim of this service is to enable victims of sexual assaults to receive a seamless support service not conditional on a positive charging decision or dependent on the age of a victim, supporting them to cope and recover from such devastating crimes.

This support will enable the SARC to work on clearing existing caseloads which have increased due to demands with courts closing and a number of clients with severe mental health issues due to the impact of COV 19. It will also provide increased resilience to the team during this pandemic.  The work that is provided by this service will ensure victims are supported before, during and after criminal and civil court proceedings and ensuring that the victims’ rights are met.


Ministry of Justice Covid - 19 Extraordinary Funding 

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner is pleased to announce that £238,000 has been allocated to 7 specialist services across North Wales to help support victims of Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse during COVID 19.

The 7 successful services have adapted their provision in line with the government guidelines and ensured that they continue to deliver support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse. This additional funding recognises those efforts and will provides reassurance to services over the longer term to continue to support victims and survivors.

The specialist services were chosen by a commissioning panel including representatives from VAWDASV, Supporting People and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure there was a transparent process and extensive scrutiny. The successful applicants will receive a contribution towards the delivery of services from the 24th March to 31st October 2020.

The funding allocation was part of an overall £25 million Covid – 19 extraordinary funding package from the Home Office to support charities across England and Wales who help vulnerable people including victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence during the pandemic.

The document below provides information on the grant awarded and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year; all payments made can be viewed here.

All organisations VAWDASV awarded grants are provided the same Grant terms and conditions.


Violence Against Women Domestic Abuse Sexual Violence (VAWDASV)

Following a proposal at the North Wales Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) Board it was agreed the North Wales Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner would be the accountable body (Regional Banker) for the Welsh Government VAWDASV Grant. The VAWDASV grant was previously paid directly to Local Authorities and it has been amalgamated into one pot to protect IDVA,ISVA, CSA and perpetrator programmes across the six local authorities.

The document below provides information on the grant awarded during 2020/21 and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year; all payments made can be viewed here.

During 20/21 the VAWDASV provided further Emergency COVID 19 Funding to support victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. The additional funding supported disbursed units and additional activities within refuges during COVID19. The additional funding has also supported some of our current funded services to support counsellors with regards to enabling them to have IT facilities in order to deliver counselling services remotely.

The document below provides information on the grant awarded during 2020/21 and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year; all payments made can be viewed here.

In addition, funding has been secured from VAWDASV to support training needs across the region. The below document provides information on the grant awarded and the services commissioned.

All organisations VAWDASV awarded grants are provided the same Grant terms and conditions.


Prevention in Focus

Prevention In Focus includes submissions from 15 cross-party PCCs who are making a real difference through their leadership, commissioning and partnership work. Innovative projects include working with women offenders; an award-winning Community Peer Mentor Service; a Safe Schools and Communities Team project; a Young Victims of Crime Service; Adverse Childhood Experiences projects; as well as various Sport-based intervention schemes.

For information on how the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Wales has made a difference, click here


Grants awarded for the reduction of Crime and Disorder

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 enables the Commissioner to award grants to partners, public organisations or voluntary groups that can support the community safety priorities identified in his Police and Crime Plan. The Commissioning Framework explains the Commissioner's objectives and overall vision of the commissioning service.

The documents below provides information on the grants awarded in the last three financial years and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year, all payments made can be viewed here.

All organisations awarded grants for the reduction of crime and disorder are provided with the same Grant terms and conditions.


Grants awarded for services to support Victims

The Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011 further charges the Commissioner to commission local services to help victims, or witnesses of, or other persons affected by, criminal offences and anti-social behaviour.

Needs Assessment for the development of Victim Services in North Wales was carried out to aid the Commissioner's decision.

All organisations awarded grants for the support of victims are provided with the same Grant Terms and Conditions


Hate Crime Awareness Grant

The Police and Crime Commissioner receives a grant from Welsh Government to be spend on Hate Crime Awareness Week, see below how the money was spent in North Wales.


Your Community, Your Choice (Participatory Budgeting)

"Your Community, Your Choice" is one of the Commissioner's initiatives to return money seized from offenders back to the community.

Money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act and from the Police and Crime Commissioner is donated to community projects in North Wales.

Your Community, Your Choice is also supported by PACT (Police and Community Trust), North Wales.


Social Value

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (and North Wales Police) hopes that embedding Social Value into our commissioning and procurement processes will bring significant benefit to North Wales and its residents by delivering a social return, wherever possible, on every pound we spend.

Social Value Policy

Social Value Charter


Innovate to Grow

The Police and Crime Commissioner launched a new scheme which will target new and innovate projects to compliment the police and crime plan priorities and his Community Oriented Police Service (COPS) approach to serve all communities across North Wales. The Commissioner recognises the importance of small investments to deal with root causes and is keen to invest in projects that demonstrate new and innovative ideas to prevent and tackle crime across north Wales. The Commissioner has allocated £100,000 to the new scheme to support projects for up to 1 year with the main focus being on innovation.

The document below provides information on the grant awarded and what services have been commissioned. Grants are awarded at the start of the financial year; all payments made can be viewed here: