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Day 21. Positive Impacts from the PFCC

21 Positive Impacts on North Yorkshire from the PFCC

Read about the work the North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner has been doing throughout North Yorkshire and York.

The words '21 positive impacts on North Yorkshire from the PFCC' with a blue and white rainbow in the middle

1 – Commissioned Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire

Supporting Victims is a telephone based service providing support for anyone affected by crime in North Yorkshire, whether reported to the police or not. This includes victims, bereaved relatives, those under 18 with consent, parents or guardians of victims under 18 and members of staff where a business has been a victim of crime.

Supporting Victims is also the Independent Reporting route for victims of hate crime (whether reported to the police or not):

Victims will be asked a few questions to find out how they have been affected by the crime and to identify the support that can be provided. This includes immediate practical and emotional support over the phone; onward referral into specialist services, including those commissioned by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner; and signposting to other support organisations as appropriate.

2 – Commissioned the Independent Victim Adviser service

The Independent Victim Adviser service is provided by Victims Support. It provides face to face support in the community for victims of serious crime, vulnerable, persistently targeted and young victims whether or not they have made a report to North Yorkshire Police.

Victim Support’s free live chat support service is available 24/7. Individuals can also create a free account on My Support Space – an online resource containing interactive guides to help manage the impact that crime has had: My Support Space My Support Space.

3 – Commissioned the Domestic Abuse Victims Community Based Support services

The Domestic Abuse Victims Community Based Support services are delivered by Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS). These services offer:

  • Early intervention and prevention advice and support
  • 1 to 1 emotional and practical support, including support through any police investigation and/or court proceedings
  • Target Hardening where necessary to help victims remain safely within their own homes
  • Supported group work and peer support networks
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other agencies and support services as appropriate

The overall objective of the service is to enable all victims and survivors of domestic abuse to cope with the immediate impacts of crime and recover from the harm experienced. Referrals can be made by police officers and other professionals working with victims and survivors as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether individuals want to make a formal report to the police or not:

For those that require further support, the hub team will refer on to a Safe Lives Accredited Domestic Abuse Practitioner to provide specialist 1 to 1 support, peer support group and/or to an external agency.

4 – Commissioned the Domestic Abuse ‘Whole Family’ Approach – Support for Children & Young People Affected by Domestic Abuse

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) have been commissioned to develop a ‘Whole Family Approach’, providing support services for children & young people affected by domestic abuse in North Yorkshire and the City of York. The aim is for children & young people to be and feel safer in their own home. The services offer:

  • Intensive 1 to 1 emotional and practical support for Children aged 10 to 18 years
  • Supported group work and peer support networks for non-abusive parents
  • Referrals for parents/guardians into and ongoing liaison with IDAS’ adult victim services to ensure that support plans are co-ordinated and support the family’s common goals
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other support services as appropriate

Referrals can be made by police officers and other professionals working with families as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether or not a police report has been made:

5 – Independent Sexual Violence Adviser Service – IDAS

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire commissioned a single, holistic, all age Independent Sexual Violence Adviser service for all victims and survivors of all forms of sexual violence or abuse. The service includes access to a specialist ISVA to support women & girls employed by the Halo Project. The service offers:

  • Immediate advice, support and safety planning if required
  • 1 to 1 emotional and practical support, including support through any police investigation and/or court proceedings
  • Support for (non-abusing) parents/guardians of young victims aged 12 years or under
  • Supported group work and peer support networks
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other agencies and support services as appropriate

Referrals can be made by police officers, Sexual Assault Referral Centre or Child Sexual Assault Assessment Service and other professionals working with victims and survivors as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether individuals want to make a formal report to the police or not:

6 – Commissioned the Independent Sexual Violence service

This service is delivered by Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS). Support is available for any victim or survivor of all forms of sexual violence or abuse, including historic child sexual abuse.

The overall objective of the Independent Sexual Violence Adviser service is to enable all victims and survivors of sexual abuse, assault and rape to cope with the immediate impacts of crime and recover from the harm experienced; and reach out to more people to encourage an increase in self-reporting to get the help they need. Referrals can be made by police officers, Sexual Assault Referral Centre or Child Sexual Assault Assessment Service and other professionals working with victims and survivors as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether individuals want to make a formal report to the police or not:

7 – Commissioned Survive and Community Counselling

An all age, counselling and talking therapy service to support victims of crime to cope and recover. The service aims to enable victims to either support themselves independently or be supported through an appropriate peer support network by the end of provision. Community Counselling deliver adult (aged 18 and over) services in Scarborough and Ryedale as well as a countywide service for young people (aged 17 and under). Survive deliver adult services in Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, York and Selby.

8 – Commissioned Restorative Solutions

This service is focused on the delivery of victim-led, face to face victim offender conferencing and indirect restorative justice where appropriate, giving any victim of crime in North Yorkshire the opportunity to meet with their offender, with the support of a restorative justice professional to enable cope and recovery after crime.

For more information contact Supporting Victims or Restorative Solutions by: email: RJNorthYorkshire@restorativesolutions.org.uk or phone: 01423 546175. To make a direct referral to the Restorative Justice service please go to: https://firstlive.orcuma.com/referrer_pre.php.

9 – Commissioned Hand in Hand – Children’s Society

This service works with children and young people affected by or at risk of, child sexual and criminal exploitation and those who go repeatedly missing from home. The support offered includes one to one and group work in addition to targeted awareness raising in schools.

The aim of the service is to reduce the harm and incidence of child exploitation and provide support and safety planning for those affected.

The service accepts self-referrals or agency referrals. For further information or to self-refer, please email: handinhand@childrenssociety.org.uk.

10 – Parents of Child Sexual / Criminal Exploitation Liaison Officer service PACE

This service works with parents and carers of children who are, or who are at risk of being, exploited by individuals from outside of the family. The support offered includes one to one and group work in addition to targeted awareness raising in schools. Parents can also access a secure online forum and befriending scheme which connects and support affected parents who can often feel isolated, judged and blamed. The aims of the service are to:

  • Safeguard exploited children
  • Support the successful prosecution and disruption of perpetrators by providing specialist witness care
  • Recognise the impact Child Exploitation has on the whole family
  • Build co-productive relationships with services and statutory agencies
  • Empower parents to increase their resilience to provide long-term support for their child

The PLO service accepts self-referrals or agency referrals. For further information or to self-refer, please email: info@paceuk.info

11 – Commissioned Sexual Assault Centres

Adult Sexual Assault Referral Centre

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre provides crisis support and forensic medical services to collect any evidence for all adult victims of rape or sexual assault. The service offers:

  • Immediate triage, advice and support
  • Specialist 1 to 1 Crisis Support
  • Forensic Medical Examination if appropriate to collect any forensic evidence
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other agencies and support services as appropriate

Referrals can be made by police officers and other professionals working with victims as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether they want to make a formal report to the police or not – Online: Bridge House SARC or Phone: 0330 223 0362

Child Sexual Assault Assessment Service

The Child Sexual Assault Assessment Service provides crisis support and forensic medical services to collect any evidence for all child victims of rape or sexual assault. The service offers:

  • Immediate professional advice and support
  • Specialist 1 to 1 Crisis Support
  • Forensic Medical Examination if appropriate to collect any forensic evidence
  • Non-forensic Medical Examination if appropriate
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other agencies for aftercare and support services as necessary

Referrals can only be made by police officers or Social Workers; it is not a self-referral service.

Both Forensic and Non-forensic Medical Examinations can be carried out at North Yorkshire’s specialist Sexual Assault Referral Centre premises which will include a full detailed clinical history and examination.

12 – Commissioned Adult & Youth Diversion Schemes

Crossroads: Adult Diversion scheme

Provided by Humankind, the Crossroads Adult Diversion scheme goal is to prevent or intervene early to divert people from the criminal justice process by addressing the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

The Crossroads Adult Diversion scheme works with women and men aged 18+ to offer trauma-informed support to address underlying causes of offending. The scheme has two elements:

  • A community-based support scheme, for adult women or men who may be at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System or are known to North Yorkshire Police. This scheme is open to those who are not offending or have been involved in antisocial behaviour or committed very low-level offences. To refer, click here.
  • A Pre-Court Diversionary support scheme,for adult women or men at point of arrest or voluntary attendance at police custody. This is an alternative to prosecution, and if the individual accepts the referral to the Crossroads Adult Diversion scheme, engagement will be mandatory, otherwise the individual may be referred back to North Yorkshire police to face prosecution. Only North Yorkshire Police are able to refer to this element of the scheme.

Referrals can also be made via a referral form and Humankind also welcome self-referrals. To self-refer, request a referral form or for further information contact Alice.Skelton@nyhorizons.org.uk or Humankind.diversionary.services@nhs.net or alternatively call 07939209087.

Change Direction: Young People’s Diversion scheme

Provided by North Yorkshire Youth, the Change Direction Young People’s Diversion scheme goal is to prevent or intervene early to divert young people from the criminal justice process by addressing the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

The Change Direction Young People’s Diversion scheme is for those aged 10-17, who may be at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System or are known to North Yorkshire Police.

To refer, click here. Alternatively you can request a referral form from our Youth Development Manager by emailing: info@nyy.org.uk. Referrals are welcome from a range of agencies including schools, colleges, Community Safety Hubs and North Yorkshire Police; as well as parents/guardians.

13 – Commissioned +Choices

+Choices is a Respect Accredited service supporting anyone aged 16 years and over who is a low-risk perpetrator of domestic abuse, including repeat offenders and parent to adolescent violence, who wish to voluntarily address their abusive behaviour.

The overall objective of the service is to enable individuals, regardless of gender, who are engaged in abusive behaviour towards their current or former intimate partners, or immediate family members, the opportunity to recognise, acknowledge and change that behaviour. Referrals can be made by police officers and other professionals working with perpetrators, their families or victims (with consent) as well as self-referrals: +Choices Referral – Foundation (foundationuk.org)

14 – Commissioned Respect

Delivered by Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) as part of the Domestic Abuse Whole Family Approach. Respect supports young people aged 10 to 16 years who are demonstrating abusive behaviour towards their family members and/or within intimate relationships with other young people. Support will also be offered to their parent/guardians.

The aim is to prevent the abusive behaviour escalating and/or reduce the risk posed by the young people to their intimate partner, parent/s, guardian/s and/or siblings. Referrals can be made by police officers and other professionals working with young people and their families (with consent) as well as self/parent-referrals:

15 – Commissioned the North Yorkshire (& York) Youth Justice Service

North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner provides an annual financial contribution to support North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service’s delivery across service priorities. The ultimate objectives are to prevent offending and reduce re-offending by North Yorkshire young people and the service looks to achieve this by supporting the Youth Justice Board ethos of children first, offenders second, listening and responding to the needs of young people.

York Youth Justice Service

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner provides an annual financial contribution to support York Youth Justice Service’s delivery. The ultimate objectives are to prevent offending and reduce re-offending by York young people and the service looks to achieve this by supporting the Youth Justice Board ethos of children first, offenders second, listening and responding to the needs of young people.

16 – Commissioned North Yorkshire Horizons & Humankind, and York Changing Lives

The adult substance misuse service is provided by North Yorkshire Horizons and the young people’s service is provided by Humankind. The integrated service is available to individuals with problematic drug or alcohol use.

The criminal justice element of the service is available to individuals in police custody and upon release from prison for those where substance misuse is a contributing factor to their offending. Those entering treatment through a criminal justice pathway will receive the same level, type and quality of service offer as any other resident would expect when entering the treatment journey through any other pathway.

Adults can also self-refer to North Yorkshire Horizons by calling the free phone number: 0800 14 14 80; by emailing: info@nyhorizons.org.uk; or via the self-referral form on the website www.nyhorizons.org.uk.

Young People can self-refer to Humankind by calling the SPOC line on 01723 330730 (option 2) or Freephone 08000 14 14 80 (option 2). 

Changing Lives

Changing Lives is available to local adults and young people in York who are affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

The service offers one to one and group support, community alcohol detoxification, substitute prescribing and support to friends and family. The aim of the criminal justice element of the substance misuse service is to be able to identify where substance misuse is a factor in someone’s offending, addressing those issues that lead to offending and to provide diversion options which in turn are anticipated to reduce overall re/offending rates.

The overall aim of the substance misuse service is to support individuals to work towards abstinence and support ongoing recovery. Individuals can be referred at various points in the criminal justice process including by police, courts, prison and probation.

Individuals can also self-refer by calling: 01904 621 776

17 – Commissioned York Women’s Centre

Provided by Changing Lives. Any woman can access services, particularly those who may:

  • Be involved with, or at risk of entering the criminal justice system
  • Have multiple or complex needs
  • Be chronically excluded

The service offers gender-specific, trauma informed support via one-to-one key work or group work. Women can also drop-in to the centre simply to have a warm drink and to make use of the facilities which include a kitchen, shower, and laundry. The service also supports women who might be involved with sex work or survival sex, and this support can be offered on an outreach basis.

The aim of the Women’s Centre is to provide a safe, homely, woman-only environment where a whole system of support can be offered.

To refer or to find out further information, please email: womens.wellness@changing-lives.org.uk

18 – Commissioned the Mental Health Triage Force Control Room

The Mental Health Triage team service provides a point of contact for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) to obtain specialist mental health advice and guidance to officers dealing with individuals in mental health crisis. The team covers the whole of North Yorkshire via the Force Control Room (telephone only).

19 – Commissioned Restorative Solutions Mediation Service

The aim of the Mediation service is to provide Community Safety partners and wider referral agencies, via the Community Safety Hubs, with a service that supports the resolution of disputes to prevent criminality.

Family Mediation covers: family disputes, managing offending behaviour and preventing criminality. Please liaise with your local Community Safety Hub to assess if a referral can be made.

20 – Commissioned an Anger Management service – Community Counselling

The aim of the Anger Management service is to provide the Community Safety Hubs with a preventative service that sees an improvement in the referred clients’ behaviour which impacts positively on community safety. The service offers counselling sessions with a focus on:

  • Helping the client(s) recognise/identify what makes them angry (triggers or catalysts for anger)
  • Enabling the client(s) to best respond to these triggers without being aggressive
  • Enabling the client(s) to learn skills/techniques to help manage triggers for anger effectively
  • Helping the client(s) learn how to be assertive
  • Helping the client(s) develop/learn problem solving techniques.

Please liaise with your local Community Safety Hub to assess if a referral can be made. 

21 – Commissioned the North Yorkshire Youth Commission (Leaders Unlocked)

North Yorkshire Youth Commission enables young people aged 10-25 to support, challenge and inform the work of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and partner agencies, using a peer-research and engagement approach. It offers young people the opportunity to influence decisions and direction of these agencies based on the key priorities young people have reported affect them.

North Yorkshire Youth Commission also deliver the Good Citizen Award which aims to celebrate young people in North Yorkshire who make a positive impact on their community.  It is awarded by the North Yorkshire Youth Commission on behalf of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner.

Find out more about the Youth Commission