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Tender Specification: VAWG Project

Addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a key priority of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Foster. There has been a strong response from the community on this issue and it has been acknowledged nationally with the introduction of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021.

We know that women and girls in our community are at disproportionate risk of a wide range of crimes; this is unacceptable and our response seeks to ensure that women and girls feel safe in the West Midlands. 

Through this specification the PCC seeks to appoint a partner organisation who will deliver the management of the OPCC awarded Safer Streets 3, Violence Against Women and Girls Fund project.

The specification requires the provider to oversee, pursue and progress set targets as requested in our agreement with the Home Office.

This is an opportunity for a consultancy/organisation with policy, research, strategic planning and performance management experience as well as expertise in the VAWG agenda to work with the West Midlands PCC and the West Midlands Victims Commissioner to shape the regional response to the VAWG agenda.

The agenda will be closely aligned with the existing workstreams in the OPCC/VRU and alongside local and regional partners you will have strong communication and partnership working skills, with an ability to bring people together to achieve common goals.

This project is being delivered across the West Midlands Metropolitan region including Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry.

Ending Male Violence Against Women and Girls is a key priority for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster as detailed in the recently published Police and Crime Plan 2021-2025.

Background information and outcomes of this specification are detailed in the attachment below.

Please apply by sending a CV and a supporting statement (no more than 4 sides of A4) setting out your knowledge, skills and experience that make you qualified to fulfil this role. Please address the specifics in the specification and return to Jennifer Alder [email protected] by COP Friday 17 December 2021.

Given the short timescales on this piece of work, please contact Jennifer Alder with any queries related to the specification on [email protected]

The project steering group will invite applicants who meet the quality threshold on the w/c 20th December 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 3rd January 2022.

Application Documents

The West Midlands Domestic Abuse Board, in partnership with the VRU, seeks to appoint an individual who has a good understanding of domestic abuse and multi agency working to undertake a review into the process and impacts of MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) in the West Midlands.

MARACs were first introduced in 2003 and quickly were adopted across the UK as a means to coordinating the support needed for high risk domestic abuse victims by gathering a full understanding of risk through sharing information held across organisations.

The overarching aim is to review how the MARAC process contributes to reducing the risk facing victims assessed as ‘high risk’ of being seriously harmed or killed. This should include assessing what benefits can be attributed to the process, as well as any limitations or potentially negative consequences, together with providing recommendations on how the process can be improved. The full details are available in the attached document.

To apply, please submit a proposal of how you would approach addressing the points 1-5 in the specification. In your application please include a CV or equivalent (including company name, registered address and full contact details) with your proposal.

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by 12 noon Tuesday 4th January 2022 with the email subject title ‘MARAC review proposal.’

Any questions can also be sent to [email protected] with the email subject title ‘MARAC review query’ (queries sent after 22nd December will be responded to on 29th December).

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted on January 5th and invited for an online interview to be held on Thursday 6th or January 7th 2022.

Application documents