About Safer Together
Safer Together is a new consortium for not-for-profit providers of services for victims of domestic abuse. The goal of the consortium is to safeguard and grow high quality service provision for victims of domestic abuse across Lancashire, through working with commissioners to co-design services, creating a single point of contracting, and by tendering competitively for public and private service contracts via a range of channels. Our philosophy is that we are stronger together than apart, we exist to encourage organizations to work together to empower women, girls, families and communities to end all forms of domestic and sexual abuse.
The consortium will operate with a number of what might be described as ‘practice values’. These will underpin the services that will be delivered through the consortium and member organizations will be expected to adhere to them. They are summarized as:
- Working collaboratively
- Addressing social and economic inequalities
- Offering holistic, person-centered services
- Championing and promoting social justice
- Contributing to environmental sustainability
- Inter-linking locally-based services/interventions and wider community regeneration practice
- Using locally-delivered initiatives and projects to generate added value by promoting social cohesion, developing local social capital and building sustainable community capacity
- Ensuring a commitment to self-empowerment –Enabling service users to take control over their own lives and to be the originators and catalysts of their own personal development and self- improvement strategies
- Supporting children, young people and families to discover and fulfill their own potential
- Encouraging co-operation and mutuality through collective approaches to self-help
- Ensuring non-judgmental, anti-discriminatory practice
- Ensuring respect for persons
- Ensuring empathetic understanding of beneficiary needs
- Providing free or affordable services at the point of need
Critically, what will guide and govern the consortium’s work throughout will be an unswerving commitment to the needs of the clients or end-users of the services and initiatives provided through the county-wide network of agencies. All decisions about consortium strategy, financial objectives, joint working etc will be taken from the standpoint of ensuring that the needs of Lancashire children, young people and families are effectively met.
The consortium will make a special effort to engage with and meet the needs of hard to reach groups within disadvantaged communities of both place and interest.
Core operating values
The consortium will also adhere to a number of what might be described as ‘core operating values’, which will inform how it will conduct itself in its day-to-day business and define its ethos. These values are as follows:
Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector focus
The consortium is a collaboration of agencies operating in the VCFS.
What binds the collaborators is a clear commitment to individual user and community benefit, the intention being to build on the value-driven approach of the not-for-profit sector to deliver the shared consortium vision.
Objectivity and impartiality
The consortium will be focused impartially upon the objective needs of all the member organisations, which shall be equal in status. It will not be dominated by the particular self-interests of certain organisations or individuals.
Consortium members will need to strive at all times to be open, honest and transparent in their involvement in consortium affairs. Representatives of the consortium will be required to operate with integrity and to work for the good of the whole consortium.
Where there are a number of member organisations that can demonstrate that they can provide activities/services in line with relevant commissioning criteria, any associated contract income secured will be sub-contracted to those organisations on a transparent and fair basis, proportionate to delivery capacity and subject to appropriate quality and monitoring/reporting thresholds.
These values of objectivity and impartiality are informed by Nolan’s seven principles of public life.
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
Holders of public office should be truthful.
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.