Keep children and adult victims safe from violence and abuse in Lancashire
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Lancashire’s specialist Domestic and Sexual Abuse charities to close.
Keep children and adult victims safe from violence and abuse in Lancashire. Sign this petition to overturn Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner's decision to put cost over quality, closing local charities all over the county. Protect local specialist services who have been keeping children and adults safe for over 30 years.
We need 10,000 signatures for this to be reviewed in Parliament.
On the 6th of December Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner informed current providers that the provision of a managed service for victim referral and assessment, and the provision and coordination of specialist support services will be awarded to a national charity, instead of local charities.
This commission included domestic abuse and rape and sexual assault services that have been run by local specialist charities over the last thirty years.
These charities are Domestic Abuse Specialists working together as part of the Safer Together consortium - whose mission is to identify, support and protect adult and child victims experiencing domestic abuse across Lancashire. These charities include:
HARV: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative: Pendle
Star Centre: Rossendale
West Lancashire Women’s Refuge: West Lancashire
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid: Fylde and Wyre
WISH Centre: Blackburn
Sexual Violence Specialists:
Trust House Lancashire
As a result of the commission being awarded to a national charity, specialist services that have worked in local areas will have to close their doors.
These charities provide over 30,000 domestic and sexual abuse child and adult victims with professional and quality holistic support and have been credited with saving lives and reducing the number of homicides locally.
Amanda Elwen, Business Manager of Safer Together said “In one fell swoop Clive Grumshaw has desecrated the domestic abuse charitable sector in Lancashire and in doing so has significantly increased the risk of serious harm to women and children across the County of Lancashire ”.
The contract which was based on a 60% quality and 40% cost basis was won by the cheapest bidder, who lost on quality but were able to undercut on cost.
Debbie Fawcett from HARV Domestic Abuse Service said; “We know we provide a quality service, our commitment to our service users is second to none. It speaks volumes that the OPCC have made a decision to sacrifice quality. I believe that victims across Lancashire deserve quality and am disappointed in the way this tender has been managed from the onset."
Safer Preston Manager Saeeda Mayat said "We are devastated by the decision to award the contract to a national charity. As a result of this decision Safer Preston will be closing for good on the 31st of March 2017 and we wont be the only ones."
The decision to award a national charity the contract has huge implications for local providers and local people. For every £1 awarded via the commission the charities matched this with £3 to ensure victims received the best support.
There will be a peaceful gathering held outside County Hall on Monday the 12th of December, and we urge all sympathizers to congregate at 10.30 am.
Safer Together partners hope that the people of Lancashire will get behind them in fighting to keep specialist services in every local area.
Other charities affected by this decision include:
Pendle Action for the community
West Lancashire CAB
Familes Health and Well Being Board
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