"Our vision is to develop a strong community of voluntary services and effective partnerships with statutory agencies in Sussex; building their capacity and growing the market to provide services that respond flexibly to meet the needs of local residents". Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Commissioning in Sussex is driven by the priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan. This broadly covers four main areas:
- Victims’ Services
- Community Safety
- Restorative Justice Services
From 1 April 2015, Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for commissioning emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their local area.
In Sussex, the Police & Crime Commissioner established a Victims’ Services Fund for organisations that help individuals to cope and recover from the impact of crime.
To find out more about the victims’ services available in Sussex please click here.
The Police & Crime Commissioners for Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley have worked together to commission a single support service for all three police areas. This contract provides a contact centre to assess victims’ needs and support to help them to cope and recover from their experiences.
Within Sussex, this contract also provides local support services, delivered by Victim Support. This provision builds on previous, nationally-led arrangements, and also delivers further specialist services for young people and the most vulnerable victims.
The PCC is committed to working in partnership with other statutory agencies, such as the local authorities and the police to provide the best possible services to residents in Sussex, particularly those that support victims of the most serious crimes, such as domestic and sexual violence.
This work is scrutinised by county-wide management boards to ensure these services meet the needs of local residents and provide value for money.
As well as the Policing Grant, which is received from Government, the Police & Crime Commissioner holds the Community Safety Grant, which is allocated to Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) across Sussex. The collective priorities of all the CSPs have also helped to shape the Police & Crime Plan.
In addition to supporting Community Safety Partnerships across the county, the Police & Crime Commissioner has established a Community Safety Fund for projects that deliver a lasting and positive impact on the local community.
To find out more about this Fund and how to apply please click here.
Restorative Justice (RJ)
RJ is a powerful and effective approach which focuses on how to repair the harm caused by crime. It works best in face-to-face meetings when we bring together the victim and their offender, and anyone else affected by the crime. They talk about what happened and how and what can be done to make things better and usually an outcome agreement is agreed by all those present.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has made £29 million available nationally to Police & Crime Commissioners and charities to help deliver Restorative Justice (RJ) services for victims of crime over the next three years. Funding for Restorative Justice will also be provided to the Restorative Justice Council, Restorative Solutions and the Youth Justice Board.
In Sussex we want to build on the strong multi-agency partnerships that are already formed to achieve our vision of delivering safe, professional RJ services to victims of crime throughout the Criminal Justice System.
To find out more about the RJ arrangements in place in Sussex please click here.