On 2 May 2020 the Government announced a package of £76m extra funding to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of £20m was to be administered by the Ministry of Justice through Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.
This funding was for the additional costs local domestic abuse and sexual violence services have incurred, or will incur, whilst adapting their services during the pandemic and address increased demand.
Round 1 funding:
Local organisations applied through the PCCs Application Page and, of the funding available, Suffolk has secured over £200,000 which was distributed to thirteen organisations. This funding was to cover the period 24 March 2020 and up to 31 October 2021.
PCC Decision 15-2020 – COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Services in Suffolk (PDF, 225KB)
Read the full press releases here:
Press Release – 1 June 2020
Press Release – 24 June 2020
Round 2 funding:
In September 2020, the OPCC submitted a report of ‘anticipated funding needs’ from providers of domestic abuse and sexual violence support services in Suffolk to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). On the basis of this the MOJ were able to provide additional funding of £148,600 for the period 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021.
PCC Decision 28 – 2020 – COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Services in Suffolk – Round 2 (PDF, 186KB)
The table below illustrates grant distribution in Round 1 & 2:
In June 2021 the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) notified Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) of the Critical Support Fund, to be distributed to PCCs through a bidding process. The total fund available was £1.5m for community-based domestic abuse (DA) and sexual violence (SV) support for the financial year until March 2022.
The funding is for DA and SV organisations focused on community-based support excluding ISVA and IDVA services. Funding must be used to meet increased demand and not for development or transformational purposes. This can include, core staffing costs that cannot be met by any other current funding stream and known future funding streams, additional staff costs, service costs, and digital equipment to support better home-working and remote services.
Local providers were invited by the PCC to apply for inclusion in the Suffolk application based on assessment of data against the criteria. This included data on recent trends and forecast demand for services as well as numbers and length of waiting lists. Four of the service providers approached requested funding through this process. The application for Critical Support funding submitted to the MOJ by the Suffolk PCC was for a total of £69,815. The MOJ confirmed on 30 July 2021 that the fund had been significantly over-subscribed and as such the minimum funding amounts being requested had been considered as well as geographic coverage in each area to ensure funding could be spread in a fair and transparent manner. The proposed funding for Suffolk was £38,298.
See PCC Decision Paper 28-2021 for more information
In December 2021 the Ministry of Justice requested further applications for funding reflecting that a number of victim services nationally were reporting increased demand and that the pandemic was still having an impact on the services provided. The Suffolk PCC submitted a request based on input from local service providers and subsequently received a further £17,797 of grant funding through the Critical Support Fund.
See PCC Decision Paper 8 – 2022 for more information
The following table sets out the funding requested by the PCC in both rounds on behalf of the providers in Suffolk and the amount awarded following the MOJ assessment.
In March 2020, the Home Office announced £10m of funding was being made available for interventions working with perpetrators of domestic abuse. The application process was opened in August 2020 and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) led a successful application for funding supported by the Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council and local charity Iceni.
Following the successful application, the Home Office awarded grant funding of £238,307 to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk for delivery of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme in Suffolk. Home Office funding supported the programme between October 2020 and March 2021, and match funding from partners supported delivery of the programme between April 2021 and September 2021. The programme of work will be delivered by Suffolk Constabulary who will work on one to one behaviour change with perpetrators and by Iceni, who will expand the Venta Programme, a unique group programme tackling offending behaviour.
PCC Decision Paper 1-2021 – Suffolk Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme & Grant Funding for the Venta Programme (PDF, 213KB)
In April 2021, the Home Office proposed additional funding to continue the work with perpetrators in its current format. The OPCC proposal was accepted and the Home Office awarded further grant funding of £246,000 for the continued delivery of the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme in Suffolk for the 6-month period between October 2021 and March 2022.
PCC Decision Paper 1-2022 – Suffolk Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme – Grant Funding Extension (PDF, 208KB)
In April 2022, the Home Office proposed additional funding and following a further proposal from the OPCC, the Home Office awarded grant funding at the same rate as the previous period of £246,000 for a 1-year period between April 2022 and March 2023. Match funding of £110,000 was required to meet the overall costs of the programme and was afforded through the Suffolk Constabulary’s existing budget and Iceni’s fundraising.
PCC Decision Paper 25-2022 – Suffolk Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme – Grant Funding Extension (PDF, 241KB)
In November 2022, the Home Office announced £36.29 million of funding, over two years, for local policing areas to expand its work with perpetrators via interventions. The OPCC for Suffolk submitted a successful bid, securing £652,014 over the two-year period between 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2025.
In 2023/24, the Home Office would provide grant funding of £320,059 and match-funding* of £278,000 has been secured for Year One.
In 2024/25, the Home Office would provide grant funding of £331,955 and match-funding* of £289,000 has been secured for Year Two.
*match-funding is predominately resource in kind from each partner organisation
PCC Decision Paper 18-2023 – Suffolk Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (Amended 7 July 2023) (PDF, 383KB)
In 2018, Suffolk successfully bid for a share of the Home Office’s £22m Early Intervention Youth Fund.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Suffolk worked with partners involved in tackling Urban Gangs and County Lines in Suffolk to apply for £56,997 to fund the Thinking Skills Programme. The programme was developed locally and delivered intensive small group and individual work with young people aged 10-18 involved in offending through violence or gangs, and known to Suffolk Youth Justice Service.
Read the full press release
Following completion of the programme a final evaluation report was published
In 2019, Suffolk successfully bid for £1,500 of grant funding through the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Fund with funding being matched by Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk County Council.
Working with the national Modern Slavery Charity Unseen, six multi-agency workshops to raise awareness of Modern Slavery & Trafficking were delivered. By the end of the training participants are better able to identify the signs of Modern Slavery and have the confidence to deal with the situation effectively and support victims.
In 2021, Suffolk successfully bid for £3,000 of grant funding through the Modern Slavery Organised Immigration Crime Programme (MSOICP) ‘Small grants fund for Police and Crime Commissioners to tackle modern slavery’ with funding being matched by the Suffolk PCC and Suffolk County Council.
The application was submitted with multi-agency support, requesting funding to create short films to support Modern Slavery practitioner training, and awareness raising across Suffolk. See PCC decision paper 11-2021 for full details (PDF, 215KB)
It was hoped to the deliver the project in Spring 2021 but this has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. These delays mean that the £1.5k grant from the PCC might not be fully utilised until early in the 2021/22 financial year.
In 2020, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the ‘National Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) and Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Fund’ to provide emotional and practical support to victims of rape and domestic abuse and guide them through the criminal justice process. The fund aims to increase the number of ISVAs and IDVAs in England and Wales, expanding service capacity and increasing the number of specialist advisors available to victims.
In 2020, following a successful application, the MoJ confirmed new funding of £34,535 for the 6-month period between 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 and a further £71,716 for the 1-year period between 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The funding would employ 1.81FTE ISVAs and further detail can be found in the PCC decision paper 20-2020.
In 2021, following a further successful application to the Fund, the MoJ awarded £472,560 (£223,545 in 2021/22 and £249,015 in 2022/23) for the 2-year period between 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2023 to employ a further 6FTE ISVAs and IDVAs. The MoJ also committed to extending the previously awarded funding for a further 1-year period between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 at the same rate of £71,716. Further detail can be found in the PCC decision paper 19-2021.
In 2022, a further successful application was awarded totalling £324,144 (£71,742 in 2022/23 and then £126,201 in years 2023/24 and 2024/25) for the employment of 3FTE additional ISVAs located in the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The MoJ also announced that funding for the provision of the existing ISVAs and IDVAs would be extended by a further two-year period between 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2025 totalling £641,462 (£320,731 in each year). Further detail can be found in the PCC decision paper 26-2022.
Between 2023/24 and 2024/25, Suffolk will benefit from an addition 10.81FTE posts through the MoJ ‘National ISVA and IDVA Fund’:
1 Lead ISVA to work cases and engage with under-represented groups
3 ISVAs specialising in: young people, learning disabilities and domestic abuse
In accordance with the provisions in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 the Police and Crime Commissioner can commission services that:
a) secure, or contribute to securing, crime and disorder reduction in Suffolk;
b) are intended to help victims or witnesses of, or other persons affected by, offences and anti-social behaviour.
Following an application process, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk has been allocated funding of £991,023 by the Home Office until 31 March 2025 for delivery of three proposals under the ‘Safer Streets Round 5’ funding.
The three proposals submitted address anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls and neighbourhood crime across Suffolk.
The Home Office funding has been awarded on a financial year basis with the Year 1 funding period grant agreement totalling £456,023
Funding is conditional on partner contributions (match funding) to the total of 50% of the funding granted. Match funding of £706,649 for the total project has been generated through a cash contribution from Public Sector leaders of £150k, in-kind (resource) contributions from each local authority, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The funding will enable crime and disorder reduction activity and support the delivery of Objective 2 in the Police and Crime Plan.
PCC Decision Paper – 31 – 2023 – Safer Streets Fund Round 5 (PDF, 271KB)
The PCC accepts the grant agreement from the Home Office for £456,023 for Year 1 delivery of the Safer Streets Fund Round 5.
The PCC awards funding to the following from the funding for delivery of the project in Year 1:
1. East Suffolk Council a grant of £163,000 for delivery of Proposal 1 in Lowestoft
2. Ipswich Borough Council a grant of £155,000 for delivery of Proposal 2 in Ipswich
3. For delivery of Proposal 3 in the West Community Safety Partnership area a total of £138,023 as follows:
The PCC supports delivery of the project through match funding resource (management and administration) from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk for the duration of the project
Serious violence has a devastating impact on victims and their families, instils fear within communities and is extremely costly to society. Incidents of serious violence have increased in England and Wales since 2014 and all Local Authority areas have challenges and opportunities in preventing and responding to serious violence.
Following public consultation in July 2019, the Government announced that it would bring forward legislation introducing a new Serious Violence Duty on public bodies which will ensure relevant services work together to share data and knowledge and allow them to target their interventions to prevent and reduce serious violence.
The Serious Violence Duty was enacted on 31st January 2023 and all Strategic Needs Assessments and Strategies need to be in place by 31st January 2024.
The Home Office has set out 3 requirements:
1. Statutory duty holders must form a partnership group – to steer activity.
Suffolk’s response: The Suffolk Serious Violence Duty Partnership formed in late 2022 and involves all statutory duty holders. The partnership has been meeting monthly to develop a response to the Duty.
2. Statutory duty holders must undertake a Strategic Needs Assessment – sharing data and knowledge to understand the root causes of serious violence and where there are challenges and opportunities in Suffolk.
Suffolk’s response: The Strategic Needs Assessment is being undertaken by the Suffolk Office of Data and Analytics (SODA) which will include setting a definition of serious violence. To support the development of the Strategic Needs Assessment, the views of a wide range of groups and individuals were sought on serious violence in Suffolk which included public sector organisations, voluntary organisations, service users and members of the public.
3. Statutory duty holders must produce a Serious Violence Strategy for Suffolk which must be published by 31 January 2024.
Suffolk’s response: The findings from the Strategic Needs Assessment will be reviewed by duty holders to inform and develop the Suffolk Serious Violence Strategy.
The duty holders in relation to the Serious Violence Duty are: Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Youth Offending Teams, Probation Service, Ipswich Borough Council, West Suffolk Council, Babergh & Mid Suffolk Council, East Suffolk Council, Integrated Care Boards and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.
The involvement of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk (OPCC)
The OPCC has specific functions granted by legislation that permits: issuing funding to specified authorities in line with the Home Office Grant Agreement; support to the specified authorities in the exercise of their functions relating to the Duty; the monitoring of activity by specified authorities in relation to their delivery function under the Duty, and reports its findings to the Secretary of State.
Suffolk’s funding allocation
The Home Office has allocated funding to Suffolk for the period 31 January 2023 – 31 March 2025. The funding provided by the Home Office cannot be moved between financial years, or between Home Office specified cost allocations.
The OPCC, as agreed by and on behalf of the Serious Violence Duty Partnership, submits quarterly claims to the Home Office for the costs incurred by the Partnership in developing the Strategic Needs Assessment and Serious Violence Strategy. These costs are categorised by the Home Office as ‘labour’ costs.
The Partnership meets monthly to progress the development of the Strategic Needs Assessment and the Strategy and to consider the award of funding for interventions which support the solutions within the local strategy. Interventions are categorised by the Home Office as ‘non-labour’ costs.
The below table summarises the total amounts available in each financial year and the actual costs claimed by the OPCC from the Home Office. ‘Actual claim’ spend is updated quarterly:
Other relevant documents/links:
Home Office Serious Violence Duty
Home Office Serious Violence Strategy
Suffolk Office of Data & Analytics
Suffolk County Council webpage
Serious Violence Duty infographic
In 2017, supported with £100,000 worth of funding from Stay Safe Online Fund, Suffolk’s Stay Safe Online campaign was launched. Aimed at keeping our young people safe from digital threats, grants of up to £10,000 were applied for through the Stay Safe Online Fund by charities and community groups who work with young people in the county.
Thirteen organisations have successfully secured a share of the fund, a summary of grant recipients and projects can be found below.
Read the full report of the impact of grants
The PCC took the decision to award grant funding of £10,000 per annum to Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SuLSAR) between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2024.
SuLSAR provides specialist search and rescue teams to support Suffolk Constabulary searches for high risk vulnerable adults and missing children. The funding will be used for operational costs that allow SuLSAR to continue and expand their work. The specialist service reduces the amount of police resource that would be required for searches without SuLSAR and increases the likelihood of a positive outcome for vulnerable adults, missing children and their families.
Read the full decision paper
Visit the SuLSAR website
In 2019, the Youth Intervention Fund was launched with an initial match-fund pledge of £50,000 from the PCC’s commissioning budget.
With the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, a further £100,000 was raised from key private and business supporters in Suffolk meaning that the fund itself has been launched with a total of £150,000 of support on offer to local charities.
Due to the level of high quality and range of applications received, the PCC provided an additional contribution of £30,000 of funding to the Youth Intervention Fund which inspired a further £70,000 of philanthropic giving.
Applications for funding were made between £2,500 and £20,000 per application to organisations delivering services to support young people. This new funding will specifically support work with young people in Suffolk to address the challenges they face in today’s society – providing opportunities for positive activities, increasing life chances and reducing crime and disorder.
Eighteen organisations received a share of the fund, a summary of grant recipients and projects can be found below: