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PCC DN - 2022-23 Support Services costs to St Mary’s SARC for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault in Greater Manchester

The Deputy Mayor for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire has a responsibility to provide services for victims of crime, including victims of rape and sexual assault.

The amount to be invested is a provisional figure for 22-23 to enable payments to be made to the provider whilst final contract value negotiations are concluded. This forms part of the strategic financial review that GMCA and GMHSCP have been undertaking for services that support victims of rape and sexual offences. Any further funding required will be the subject of a separate decision notice.

This budget is allocated to the Greater Manchester Sexual Assault Referral Centre, based at the St Mary’s Centre at Manchester Foundation Trust. The provision is an all-age service which provides support for victims of rape or sexual assault in terms of a forensic examination and crisis support, support for people going through the criminal justice process and therapeutic/counselling support. The service can be accessed by a referral from an agency, including but not exclusive to Greater Manchester Police, or victims can also choose to self-refer. The service currently supports anybody who lives in Greater Manchester in addition to providing support for individuals who were assaulted in Greater Manchester, but do not reside in the area.

There were just over 11,000 sexual offences reported to GMP in 2021-2022, of which 36% were rape. 55% of these offences were committed against adults whilst over 5000 sexual offences were committed against children. This included 1400 offences which were rape against a child. Approximately 950 forensic medical examinations are undertaken by SARC each year

Attached is a statement from colleagues at NHS Integrated Health Trust around the selection of St Mary’s as the Greater Manchester SARC.

Progress towards agreeing a full Service specification for SARC and Implementing a 3 year contract

Over the course of 2022/23 we have been working with SARC to both document the service provision with the associated costings, and also outline the service needs to improve operational delivery to meet demand. This is with a view to move to an agreed position over a fixed rate contract until 2026.

In order to progress this work, we have been documenting SARCs services based on the segregation of the service into the below 4 pillars:

1. Forensic medical examinations for adults
2. Forensic medical examinations for children / young persons
3. ISVA provision
4. Therapeutic counselling support

We have moved to a position where we are on the verge of agreeing the service specification for pillars 1 and 2 and 3. Once we have finalised this work, a contract will be drawn up to cover 3 years and will be in place for financial year 2023/24

Pillar 4 The Therapeutic counselling support has inherent complications as demand has stripped capacity at SARC. We will seek procurement advice on meeting commercial compliance regulations with any agreed way forward for this work.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/03/2023

Decision due: 8 Mar 2023 by Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, GM Deputy Mayor, Treasurer GMCA

Contact: Lisa Lees Email:


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