Following a series of discussions with national agencies (including the Victims Commissioner), local commissioners and service providers, CoPaCC and the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice are planning to hold a workshop in late June and early July to further develop and help bring together nationwide work to improve the experience of victims and witnesses.
Workshop: Developing work to improve the experience of victims and witnesses
Date: Tuesday June 30 from 11am -3pm
Thursday July 2 from 9am -12pm
Venue: University of Northampton
Cost: FREE of charge
Organised by: CoPaCC and the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice
To book: email [email protected]
Promoting better understanding of the wider context of theses services is critical as since last October, the majority of emotional and practical support services for victims have been commissioned locally by PCCs and the new Government has also outlined intentions to table primary legislation that will enshrine the key entitlements of the Victims Code, including the right to make a Victim’s Personal Statement and to read this out in court and at Parole Boards.
Whilst the Code, the Witness Charter and the EU Victims Directive all set out guidance for relevant CJS agencies, in practice these various sets of guidance do not mesh together as neatly as could have been hoped for, and do not necessarily allow local priorities to be taken into account.
With this in mind, and recognising the growing need for all those involved in victims’ and witnesses’ services (whether commissioners, providers or users) to be able to demonstrate the efficacy and effectiveness of services – CoPaCC and the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice invite all interested parties to attend a free workshop with the following objectives:
- to share best practice and understand how the disparate parts of the victims’ and witnesses’ experience can be refined and improved;
- to discuss approaches to developing the market for delivering victims’ services including diversifying the types of delivery organisations; and
- to explore tools and approaches to assessing and reviewing services against both guidance and legislation as well as local needs and priorities.
We are proposing to hold this event on Tuesday June 30 from 11am -3pm (including lunch) and Thursday July 2 from 9am -12pm (lunch following event close), dependent on attendee availability.
The event will be held at the University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL (map).
If you are interested in attending this event, or finding out more information, please email [email protected]