Existing provision

It is important to establish whether there is already some provision in place as this may have a significant impact on costs and decisions around service design.

When determining need, a full assessment should be made of the extent to which any current provision is meeting that need currently. 

Information regarding current provision may be gained from:

  • existing providers (there may be several covering different groups or times);
  • past providers (there may recently been a scheme that is now defunct);
  • HMIC/HMIP inspections of police custody (these usually comment on AA provision though are limited by the fact that AA providers are outside of their scope);
  • Independent Custody Visitors reports (ICVs report to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner).
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If there is existing provision, options include:

  • enhancement of the existing service
  • a separate complementary service
  • an entirely new replacement service covering all needs.

For example, there may be a successful in-house service but which only operates in office hours and during the week. If this is the case, options would include:

  • extending the current schemes operating hours
  • a discrete out of hours and weekends service
  • or developing a new service to cover all hours.

Before deciding to replace an existing service there should be a full consideration of the risks and whether they can be mitigated.  These may include risks associated with: -

  • loss of experienced leadership with local links; 
  • loss of experienced AAs; 
  • TUPE responsibilities (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006).
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