Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined public safety partners and volunteers to toast the launch of a new service for children and young people who are victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The event was held to celebrate the arrival of the Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (CHISVA) service, which got underway in the county on July 1.
The service, which provides a range of practical and emotional support including advocacy to victims of crime who have been raped or sexually abused or assaulted, was commissioned by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
It was developed in response to research undertaken by the PCC in June 2017 which identified a gap in support services and includes 2.5 CHISVAs who offer support with police video recorded interviews and attending appointments.
The PCC joined city and county stakeholders and volunteers from the new service to celebrate the culmination of months of joint work to improve victims’ services.
Mr Tipping said: “It was great to get together with everybody involved in this project and celebrate our hard work. Without the dedication of our partners, these enhanced new services would not be possible and I’m very grateful for their continued encouragement and support.
“Young victims of sexual violence are among the most vulnerable people in society and it’s critical we provide them with help as soon as it’s needed. This joint investment will give children, young people and their immediate carers and siblings the tools they need to move on with life in a positive way and maintain long-term mental wellbeing. If we can help just one person recover emotionally from these unthinkable acts of violence, then we will have done our job.”
The CHISVA service, which supports children and young people up to the age of 18, is being provided by Imara. A separate new and enhanced ISVA service for adults, delivered by Nottinghamshire SVS Services (NSVSS), also began delivery on 1 July 2018.
Both providers have a strong track record in delivering to support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The value of Imara’s contract is £243,962. It will run until June 2020, with the possibility of two one-year extensions. It is funded by the PCC out of his Victims’ Services Grant.
- Children and Young People wanting help and support should first contact East Midlands Children and Young People’s Sexual Assault Service, who will provide a holistic assessment and refer onto the CHISVA service. The free 24-hour helpline number is 0800 183 0023. Further information is on the website which is:
- Adult victims and survivors seeking help can contact the ISVA service on 0115 950 8713 or by secure web form at https://nottssvss.org.uk/contact/. NSVSS will respond to ISVA referrals within one working day.