During the financial years 2014-16, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk was given a £4.85m budget to administer.
This budget was to administer Child Sexual Abuse support services. This allowed increased capacity of specialist services in recognition of an unprecedented increase in need. A service provider from Cleveland was successful in this process.
In 2016/17, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) remained committed to supporting increasing demand. The MOJ decided that funding would be given to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to administer services based on local need.
In Cleveland, service providers have seen an increase of at least 50% in the number of victims coming forward for support. Victims affected by childhood abuse normally require more counselling sessions to aid recovery.
Therefore, the PCC would like to use funding to increase counselling provision. It will support clients locally, who have been impacted by Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).
The aim of the services is to ensure victims are provided with the opportunity for counselling support in a more timely manner.