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Commissioner’s response to Transforming rehabilitation – Data Tables Consultation

22nd September 2013

Transforming Rehabilitation: Data Room

Opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners

The Virtual Data Room(VDR) offers an opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCCs) to consider the type of information they would like to futures bidders for rehabilitation contractors to access and give full consideration to when formulating bidding documentation. It is essential that information contained in the VDR fully describes the agreed local priorities from the Police and Crime plan, Community Safety Priorities and Local Criminal Justice Board.

It is also critical that the extensive successful local partnership arrangement with downstream providers of support services should be included to ensure that there is the opportunity for outcomes focused services with a track record of success are not excluded because an provider has teamed up with another provider.

One of the key successes of the Northumbria probation trust activity in this contract area is the extensive local knowledge and this should not be lost. Information and data outlining successful providers should be included so providers have a full understanding of the landscape they are bidding for.

What local information would PCC’s want to see included in the VDR?

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird QC, would expect that certain pertinent documents should be included in any Data Room for contract bidders to access.

These would include:

  • Police and Crime Plan for Northumbria
  • Community Safety Partnership – local priorities and CSP strategy documentation.
  • Information on local Youth Offending Teams.
  • Existing partnership networks.

The Commissioner would also expect appropriate information to be supplied by any potential bidder on how they would propose to build on existing best practice and incorporate partnership working with local agencies. In particular inter-agency partnerships including:

  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria;
  • Community Safety Partnerships;
  • Local Criminal Justice Board;
  • National Probation Service;
  • Her Majesty’s Prison Service;
  • Victims Support Services;
  • Local Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise organisations (particularly those who may be currently providing successful interventions in association with the existing probation trust and as downstream providers in partnership with other local agencies to meet the needs of offenders).