Decision details

Commissioning of therapeutic sexual violence services for Bristol 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2029

Decision Maker: Director: Communities & Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


At a Cabinet meeting on 04/02/2020 Authority was delegated to the Executive Director for People in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health to take all steps necessary to procure and award contracts for domestic and sexual violence services.
A recent Health Needs Assessment undertaken by Lime Culture on behalf of NHS England, along with work with both commissioners and providers by the Commissioning Academy, identified that therapeutic sexual violence services are currently fragmented by numerous funding and delivery streams, placing a burden on providers in terms of multiple reporting and contractual arrangements. Ultimately, service users were experiencing difficulties accessing services in a timely way. There is a need for commissioning to be more joined up and for the pathway to be more integrated.
In response to the online consultation on the Bristol City Council Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Commissioning Strategy in December 2021- January 2022 83% of the 189 respondents said that they agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal to jointly commission sexual violence services.


For Bristol City Council’s recommissioning of therapeutic sexual violence services to take place as part of a wider joint tendering and procurement process led by NHS England and with the BNSSG Integrated Care Board, Somerset Integrated Care Board and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

Alternative options considered:

Bristol City Council could continue to commission the current services independently however this would mean that the system would continue to be fragmented and a greater burden would be placed on providers.

Publication date: 25/07/2022

Date of decision: 21/07/2022