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Nottingham City Council funds £224,000 for sexual violence support services

Nottingham City Council will extend its partnership with the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) until 31st December 2025.

The decision, which involves an extension of funding amounting to £224,814 is classified under revenue expenditure.

This partnership project or agreement, initially established in February 2021, was set to end by 31st March 2024. However, recognising the need for comprehensive local support services, the Council has taken the step to extend the partnership.

The commitment to this cause is evident as the partnership remains steadfast in its mission to fund and deliver the Sexual Violence/Abuse Support services.

This dedication is rooted in findings from both the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and local needs assessments. Both studies underscored the urgent requirement for a robust support system for survivors, many of whom previously had their needs unmet, leading to adverse impacts on their lives and the community at large.

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Over the past four years, the partners have worked in close collaboration, consulting with specialist services and survivors.

Their collective efforts have ensured that the developed model is survivor-centric, addressing the needs of current and future survivors.

A notable achievement of this partnership is the establishment of a seamless support pathway for both male and female survivors, bridging the previous service gaps based on location.

The current Sexual Violence/Abuse Support service, commissioned by the OPCC with backing from the ICB and Nottingham City Council, now serves the city and county comprehensively.

On the financial front, the decision’s total cost is projected at £0.224 million, with allocations extending from January 2024 to December 2025. The Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan has set aside an annual budget of £0.112 million for this initiative, ensuring that the decision’s financial implications are well within the existing budget provision.

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