Team work by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and the City and County Councils aims to co-commission a single, joint funding approach to Child Sexual Exploitation Services (CSE) across the city and county.
The PCC’s Strategic Governance Board (SGB) heard today (29 June) that a joint commissioning arrangement to deliver CSE services across the city and county from 17 August has been agreed.
Commissioner Charles believes the new arrangement would plug a potential gap in the service. “Like the City and County, I felt this was a risk so we have worked together to develop and commission a joint framework to deliver a joined-up approach to funding these vital services,” he said.
“Child sexual exploitation is an abhorrent and evil crime that has terrible consequences for innocent lives. We need, therefore, to ensure there are no gaps in how we provide the support that is so important.”
The new, single commissioning agreement would bring together all the elements of the services required by both the local authorities and the Commissioner. This would include face to face support, prevention, awareness-raising and training, and partnership working. It would also provide critical friend or advisor help, court-based witness support for young people support and post-exploitation support.
Details of cost show that the Commissioner would contribute £40,000 per year to the framework agreement value, with Derby City Council contributing £85,000 and Derbyshire County Council £35,000. Derby City Council would be the lead commissioner/contract host in the first instance.
The meeting also learned that the Commissioner has decided to extend his grant arrangement to current service provider Safe and Sound at a cost of £15,872 to ensure service continuity until the new contract is in place. His earlier award to the organisation helped to finance support for young people, for parents and families of victims, raise awareness of CSE among young people and work with the Constabulary in identifying people being exploited or at medium risk.
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Posted on Monday 29th June 2015