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ISVA services – be aware of MoJ rapid review

If you are an ISVA service provider MoJ are asking you to keep an eye out for an information request from your local PCC. Given the current pressures on services the MoJ are trying to get a “rapid snapshot of current demand” so they’ve asked PCCs to distribute a survey to local providers – “Moj ISVA Rapid Review Return”. It’s a spreadsheet to fill in and send directly to a MoJ email address.

If you provide ISVA services and haven’t received the survey by 11th November please can you let MSP know so we can raise it with the MoJ?

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Evaluation of justice system responses to male rape reports

A research project commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) appears to offer an opportunity to ensure that national understanding of criminal justice responses to rape is informed by men’s experiences. The commissioned research company ORS are seeking male interviewees to participate in research this autumn.

MSP have reviewed the suggested processes and agreed to publicise the research to member organisations, who may wish to share information with their service users and to support survivor participation. ORS have published brief information and contact details for further information on their website at https://www.ors.org.uk/surveys/hmicfrs2020/.

MSP have been sent several supporting documents for agencies, included with this post in a zip file. Members are particularly recommended to review the document “Additional information for gateway agencies”, which includes sections on informed consent, the planned interviews and safeguarding and support.

ZIP file – HMICFRS_evaluation_of_rape_survivors’_experiences_of_the_CJS

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

What needs to change? What’s missing? MoJ seeking feedback on its new info guides

You have a chance to influence the content of nine new info guides under development by the Ministry of Justice Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team. The team have asked us to publicise the chance for you to feed back in a (short) consultation phase, ideally to get back to them by September 28th, though I’ll ask for more time) midnight September 30th (we got more time).

The guides listed below are clearly not yet fully worked up, so it seems like a good opportunity to influence ethos, tone and content. I suggest emailing your content to Lorna Dovey at the MoJ at Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk and to copy in hello@malesurvivor.co.uk.

This is from Lorna:

“As part of the September 2019 Rape Victims’ Pledge, the Ministry of Justice have developed a series of nine information guides for victims of sexual violence. These guides have been developed with the intention of providing clear and concise information on each stage of a victim’s journey, from experiencing the crime to a victim’s experience post court. The guides have been developed in conjunction with criminal justice agencies and are intended to be as accessible as possible, avoiding any confusing language. We [ie the MoJ, not MSP] are also working with the Victims’ Commissioner to finalise the guides.

The guides cover the following topics:

 

Guide 1 – Being Sexually Assaulted

Guide 2 – Support Following a Sexual Assault

Guide 3 – Reporting a Recent Sexual Assault to the Police

Guide 4 – Reporting a Sexual Assault to the Police that Happened a While Ago

Guide 5 – Collecting and Sharing Evidence

Guide 6 – Investigating and Prosecuting a Case

Guide 7 – Preparing for Court

Guide 8 – After the Trial

Guide 9 – Claiming Compensation for a Sexual Assault

Please note: we will also be producing an easy-read version of the CPS guidance on pre-trial therapy once the public consultation on the revised guidance is complete. This will function as ‘guide ten’ and will be referenced in the other guides where relevant.

How to provide feedback

We would like to seek views on the following questions:

  1. Are there any stages of the process missing that should be included in a guide, or any guides which are not relevant?
  2. Do the guides cover the essential information that a victim would need to help them understand what may happen at each stage of the process, and why?
  3. Is the information as simple and accessible as it could be? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  4. Is the tone and language used appropriate? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  5. If the guides were available in physical copies, where would be the most suitable and accessible location(s)?

We would be grateful for views on these questions, or feedback more generally on how the guides could be improved, by midnight on Monday 28 September to Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk. This will enable us to publish the guides as soon as possible, and ensure that this guidance is available help support victims.

Many thanks, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Lorna Dovey
Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team, Ministry of Justice”

Having had a brief look at the guides, I’d say it’s worth your time reviewing where the MoJ have got to and giving some clear feedback on both what they’ve got right and where you see a need for improvement.

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Ministry of Justice consulting on further Covid funding needs

A member organisation has shared with me that the MoJ are consulting services who receive funding through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund to “establish ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”. Please will you share your feedback about this process? I will then work with the Male Survivor Partnership board to feed a collective view into the MoJ process. More generally, it will help to start to build collective understanding of members’ immediate funding needs and the impact of Covid on services for male survivors of sexual violence.

To introduce myself briefly: I’m the new Head of Operations for the Partnership, working to support members and develop the Partnership and its impact. There’s blurb about me on the About Us page.

The MoJ’s consultation (see attached) asks services for:
1. ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
2. related costs, including of service adaptation, increases in demand, increased staffing, hardware/software expenditure
3. consideration of whether current needs can be met through existing funding
They’re asking about the need across all services provided by grant recipients, not just those funded by the RSF grant.

My interest is in a sectoral response, so I’d be keen to hear from members who aren’t RSF grant recipients, as well as those that are. How has Covid hit your service and your sustainability? Are there opportunities now that MoJ support could help with? Do you have feedback for MoJ about their process and funding choices?

Please note that your views will be considered as confidential and your name/organisation name won’t be shared with the MoJ if/when we talk to them. You can email me at hello@malesurvivor.co.uk or post. I’m happy to arrange a chat by phone or any Internet platform. Thanks! Looking forward to members’ responses. Perhaps you could get in touch by September 21st?

Jonny Gutteridge, Head of Operations, Male Survivors Partnership

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

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