Expression of interest for Safe Getting Home Awareness campain

17/08/2021

Following the announcement of the Home Office Safety of Women at Night Fund, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire is putting together a proposal to improve the safety of women and young girls, who are travelling back home at night. The total fund value is £5m, applicants are able to apply for a maximum of £300k with a single bid. The fund is designed to focus on crimes, which disproportionately affect women and girls in public spaces at night and in the nighttime economy.

The proposal includes awareness-raising on public transport such as buses and taxis, providing safeguarding training for operators or taxi drivers and also the safety of students. This would be a pan-Hampshire approach to cover rural areas, including bus routes as well as those in the bigger towns and cities.

The aim of this proposal is to complement the approaches taken in the bigger cities and to improve the safety of those outside the major metropolitan areas where funding is not always received due to lower crime rates. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interests to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is Thursday 19 August at 17:00.

The link to the web-based application form can be found: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90373992/Expression-of-Interest-for-Safe-Getting-Home-Awareness-Raising-Campaign

The Opportunity

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is undertaking an expression of interest process in order to identify a delivery partner to work collaboratively to prepare a bid for funding from the Home Office “Safety of Women at Night Fund”. If the bid is successful, our delivery partner will be required to provide a bespoke ‘Safe Getting Home’ training/awareness-raising session/product aimed at bus/taxi companies in order to safeguard those vulnerable to violence and abuse on their journeys home.

Context

Women and young girls are known to be disproportionately affected by certain crime types and have been found to suffer higher levels of sexual and verbal harassment. A YouGov poll of adults in London in 2019 about their experience of sexual harassment on public transport found that 37% of women had experienced someone ‘deliberately pressing against them’ compared to 12% of men, and 22% of women had a ‘sexual statement directed against them’ in comparison to 7% of men. Women are also less likely to feel safe walking alone at night in their local area. The murder of Sarah Everard earlier this year brought to the forefront concerns about the safety of women and girls in public places.

In order to protect and safeguard women in public spaces at night including in the nighttime economy, the government have made available £5m of funding under the Safety of Women at Night Fund.

The focus of the fund is on the prevention of violence against women at night in towns and city centres, including within venues, as well as routes home, through protecting those at risk and/or identifying and targeting potential perpetrators of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in public spaces at night including the night-time economy (NTE). To deliver projects and initiatives that help women feel safer in public spaces at night and in venues within the night-time economy or on related routes home.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is seeking to collaborate with an organisation to help prepare and submit a bid for funding under the Safety of Women at Night Fund. If successful, the organisation will develop and deliver a training/awareness-raising session/product aimed at bus/taxi companies and be a key part of the development (drawing on the organisations specialist knowledge, skills and experience of violence against women and girls) of a wider awareness campaign, focusing on the safety of women travelling on public transport (and their onward route home) at night. For the purposes of longevity and sustainability, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is looking for innovative proposals, including how the training/awareness-raising/messaging can continue to be available to bus/taxi companies beyond the initial delivery stage.

The aim of the ‘Safe Getting Home’ Training package is to raise awareness of the risks faced by women getting home at night on public transport and on foot, to help identify and recognise abusive or predatory behaviour and explain the safeguarding responsibilities of bus/taxi company staff.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office has engaged with a number of Local Authority Licensing Teams as well as bus companies across Hampshire. The feedback we have received to date has been overwhelmingly positive with bus companies such as Stagecoach and a number of Local Authorities confirming their willingness to support such a campaign. It is anticipated that the minimum number of individuals to be reached will be 1,500 people. However, this number could increase to 6,500+ bus and taxi drivers across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area if all bus companies and Local Authorities (including the upper tier authorities of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight) support the approach. Therefore, the proposal needs to be able to accommodate for large numbers of people to be reached by 31st March 2022, utilising innovative approaches that could be extended to further staff in the future.

The campaign would include the marketing of key safety messages aimed at raising awareness of the issues women experience on public transport. It would also help people to recognise behaviours that may be predatory or intimidating and what can be done to help others around them feel safe. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office recognise the importance of the victims’ voice and as a result, is seeking a delivery partner that can influence the campaign and ensure the messaging is appropriate.  It would complement Hampshire Constabulary’s wider Safe at Home campaign. Set up in spring 2020, Safe at Home was an initiative started in Southampton. Officers were concerned about domestic abuse victims being isolated during the national lockdown. Statistics showed that domestic violence was on the rise, support services were frozen and children were away from the support of the school. Officers started running pop upbeat surgeries within the only public place people were still routinely going – supermarkets.

Safe at Home quickly became an umbrella term for lots of different pieces of work being done to safeguard people who are vulnerable in their own homes:

  • Pop up surgeries at places other than supermarkets’ like skate parks
  • Structured visits to the homes of vulnerable children and DA victims
  • Reaching out to schools to support them with children they were worried about
  • Paid targeted social media to support specific groups like students, young people and DA victims during football matches
  • Safe at Home DA Ambassador scheme – hairdressers/beauty therapists have had training from a local domestic abuse service to enable them to feel confident supporting DA victims and correctly signposting them for help.

Hampshire Constabulary have created a QR code that once scanned sends users to a link tree embedded with links to a wealth of support services. This enables Hampshire Constabulary to keep the information they are giving out fresh and current. The QR code can be used by officers and victims alike to find out what support is available at any given time. This prevents out of date leaflets and offline phone numbers from being passed to someone in need. To promote the QR code small stickers and window cling stickers have been created.

Safe Getting Home training package

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office are looking for a delivery partner who has the specialist knowledge and skills to support the development of this bid, shape the exact content of the training/awareness-raising session/product and influence the campaign (drawing on their specialist knowledge, skills and experience of violence against women and girls) to ensure the project outcomes are met. We are looking for innovative ways to deliver the training/awareness-raising/messaging that will be appropriate for the target audience.

The focus of the training should include but not be limited to:

  • An understanding of what is meant by safeguarding and responsibilities
  • An awareness of violence against women and girls (including prevalence and impact)
  • How to identify women at risk
  • To recognise predatory or abusive behaviours
  • To identify suspicious activities
  • How to respond appropriately if they identify that someone is vulnerable
  • Awareness of how and to whom to report  concerns

Providers need to be able to demonstrate the following to be considered as a delivery partner for this Home Office bid

  • The staff responsible for the design and delivery of the training/awareness raising session/product have the relevant experience, skills, training and knowledge, especially experience of VAWG related offences/harm.
  • That they have the capability to deliver between November 2021 and March 2022.
  • They are a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies in England and Wales or a Local Authority.
  • They are based in England to be eligible for this fund.
  • They have at least one year of published accounts covering a twelve-month operating period. The accounts must show as ‘received’ on the Charity Commission website. These will need to be submitted with your application.
  • They have their own bank account (each applying charity must have its own bank account in the charity’s name. If the application is successful, the grant will be paid into this account).
  • They have safeguarding policies either for children/young people or vulnerable adults.
  • They undertake and maintain current Disclosure Barring System (DBS) checks on staff / volunteers / contractors who will be delivering frontline services with either children/young people or vulnerable adults.
  • How funding will be spent before 31st March 2022 with a start date of 1st November 2021.

LGBT, Disabled, BAME and other minority groups

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office must comply with their legal obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. We, therefore, are required to ask a number of questions to ensure that your organisation has carried out due regard for the below:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Providers should have a proven track record of working with particular groups such as LGBT, disabled, BAME and other minority groups or have an ongoing commitment to doing so.

Programme Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

This should include:

  • How you will manage the programme governance including setting out how you will monitor the performance of the Safe Getting Home training/awareness raising session/product;
    • Regular check-in points with the trainers (if appropriate) to monitor performance
    • Decision making
  • The resource you have allocated to ensure the programme is well-managed and delivery milestones are met.
  • Analysis of evaluation / feedback forms by those completing/receiving the training/awareness raising.

Promotion of Funding Allocated and Projects Supported

Where the Home Office allows, this funding will be promoted widely including using the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website and social media pages as well as Hampshire Constabulary’s website and social media pages.

In order to ensure communications messaging is aligned, any associated publications about the training will need to be agreed upon with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.

Deadline for Applying

The Home Office deadline is incredibly tight. As a result, the application window will close on Thursday 19th August at 5 pm.

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