Independent Sexual Violence Advisors

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the news that the Metropolitan Police Service are to place 195 extra officers in the force's Sapphire rape investigation teams, what procedures will be put in place to ensure that they work closely with Independent Sexual Violence Advisors to help secure the best possible outcome for victims in London? 


Answer for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors

Answer for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A number of procedures have been put in place to ensure effective joint working of the Sapphire unit and Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs). In order to promote awareness of their role and facilitate engagement, ISVA input is included in Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques training and ISVAs are co-located on three of the Sapphire operational hubs.

Additionally, the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse partnership team regularly visits the Sapphire hubs with ISVAs to develop communication links. The team maintains a directory of ISVA contacts and facilitates a quarterly ISVA Forum to identify and share best practice.

As mentioned in my response to MQ 2589, I am currently working with NHS England London Region to commission a Sexual Violence Needs Assessment. This work is absolutely essential in order to understand the full sexual violence picture in the capital and to establish a robust and accurate baseline for the current number of ISVAs.