Putting victims at the Heart of the Criminal Justice System was the theme of the Victims Roundtable Event hosted by Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on Friday, May 17.
Community Safety, Criminal Justice and Voluntary Sector Partners were just some of the representative groups that attended the roundtable event to discuss collaborative working, knowledge sharing and opportunities across victim services and the partnership landscape.
The day began with introductions from PCC Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan before the group heard from Chief Superintendent Kay Wozniak about Victim Care in Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
This was followed by an Integrated Victims Services Project briefing from members of the Avon and Somerset Probation Trust and Criminal Justice Board; and an introduction to Commissioning Victim Services from the Victim Champion and Criminal Justice Officer of the PCC.
Sue Mountstevens said: “Today is just the start of a significant piece of work as we begin to plan for commissioning victim services. I want us to work closely together to coordinate local services and to deliver a better service for victims and get a better deal for taxpayer’s money.
“I have visited many excellent organisations providing high quality support to victims, helping them through extraordinarily difficult situations. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who works tirelessly in Avon and Somerset to support victims at their time of need.
“However the victim journey is enormously complex and there is still a long way to go. We look forward to working with you all over the coming year and crucially seeking your views on how we can make the most of this opportunity to provide the very best service for victims.”
In the afternoon attendees took part in a roundtable discussions which saw them outline the definition of the scope of victim services, share ideas and best practise and identify ways of working together going forward in preparation for commissioning.
Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system is one of four priorities set by the PCC in the Police and Crime Plan. Tackling anti-social behaviour, tackling burglary and reducing violence against women and children are the remaining Police and Crime Plan priorities.
Posted on Monday 20th May 2013