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Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2004
Domestic Violence Outreach - Proposal to Appoint a Second Outreach Worker



Summary & Purpose
This paper sets out a proposal to strengthen the outreach service provided to victims of domestic violence in Surrey through the appointment of a second part-time outreach worker for the period of one year.

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APPENDIX S
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 12th July 2004

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Domestic Violence Outreach – proposal to appoint a second outreach worker

[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

This paper sets out a proposal to strengthen the outreach service provided to victims of domestic violence in Surrey through the appointment of a second part-time outreach worker for the period of one year.

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E-Government implications:

The proposals in this report have no e-government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

The majority of the funding required for the proposed post will be provided by Surrey County Council, with an additional contribution for the period of one year only (ie 2004/05) from Waverley’s Community Strategy budget.

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Background

1. Earlier this year, Waverley Borough Council agreed to make the existing fixed term post of Domestic Violence Outreach Worker a permanent established part-time post at 20 hours per week. This post had originally been funded by the Crime and Disorder Partnership for an initial period of three years. The post-holder is now based in the Council’s Housing Department providing support to victims of domestic violence within Waverley, in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Surrey County Domestic Violence Strategy for 2002-2005. However, the post-holder is now working well beyond capacity, receiving approximately 10/15 new referrals a month, and there is clearly a need for further outreach support.

2. Surrey County Council has now agreed to make the sum of 12,000 available in 2004/05 for developing further the domestic outreach service in Waverley. Half of this sum is new money from the County Council and the remaining 6,000 will come from the County Council’s existing contribution towards the work of the Waverley Crime Reduction Partnership. In addition, Waverley has earmarked the sum of 8,500 for domestic violence work in the Borough to be provided from the Community Strategy budget in 2004/05. There is also the possibility of a small contribution being made by the Primary Care Trust although this has yet to be confirmed.

3. This means that for 2004/05 there is a total of at least 20,500 available to fund the further development of the domestic outreach service in Waverley, and it is proposed that this should be used to employ a second part-time outreach worker for approximately 20 hours per week on a contract of employment for a period not exceeding one year.

4. It has been a long-term aim of the Safer Waverley Partnership that the outreach service within Waverley should eventually merge with the outreach service that has recently been established within Guildford Borough. It is anticipated that this merger will take place at some point in 2005. Presuming a second part-time outreach worker is appointed by Waverley as recommended in this report, the matter of the continued employment of that person would be addressed as part of the transfer arrangements.

Recommendation

It is recommended that, on behalf of the Safer Waverley Partnership, Waverley appoints a new part-time domestic violence outreach worker on an employment contract for a period not exceeding one year, working 20 hours per week.

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Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mike Rivers Telephone: 01483 523013
E-mail: mrivers@waverley.gov.uk

Annette Marshall Telephone: 01483 523205
E-mail: amarshall@waverley.gov.uk

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