A REVIEW of the provision of Registered Intermediaries (RIs) for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses ‘A Voice for the Voiceless’, has been warmly welcomed by the Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership.
RIs are specialists in communication, provided to children and vulnerable victims to enable them to have a voice in the criminal justice system. This review published by the Victims Commissioner, Baroness Newlove considers the operation of the Witness Intermediary Scheme, which is responsible for the provision of RIs as set out in the entitlements under the Victims’ Code.
Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “Registered intermediaries are essential in supporting vulnerable victims and children and empowering them to have a voice and enabling them to get the justice they deserve.
“The partnership has long been highlighting the lack of Registered Intermediaries in our area to the Ministry of Justice and we have actively discussed options in relation to this provision.
“We look forward to working with the Victims Commissioner to make much needed improvements to the system.”
The timing of the review dovetails with the release of the Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership’s new five year plan. The plan sets an objective of having an ‘end-to-end service for victims and witnesses’. This includes the provision of effective and efficient services such as Registered Intermediaries. The partnership believe that Baroness Newlove’s recommendations will greatly improve the services available across Cleveland and County Durham.
Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner said: “As a partnership we strive for improvements to the criminal justice system and we have a new innovative plan in place to help us deliver needed improvements.
“As highlighted in the report, nationally there is a shortage of Registered Intermediaries. Whilst the partnership actively supported the last recruitment campaign across our area, more can always be done.
“We welcome the recommendations regarding training, as the currently all training is carried out in London, this proves to be a huge barrier for those wanting to be part of the scheme.
“As a partnership we welcome the review and look forward to seeing positive changes which will improve the services for victims and witnesses.”
Notes for editors:
Link to the review by Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove, A Voice for the Voiceless: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/victimscomm-prod-storage-clhgxgum05k1/uploads/2018/01/Voice-for-the-Voiceless-.pdf
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The Local Criminal Justice Partnership consists of the following agencies:
- Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
- Cleveland Police
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Darlington Borough Council
- Durham Constabulary
- Durham County Council
- Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner
- Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company
- HM Courts and Tribunals Service
- HM Prison and Probation Service
- Stockton on Tees Borough Council
- Hartlepool Borough Council
- Legal Aid Agency
- Middlesbrough Borough Council
- National Probation Service
- NHS England (North East Region)
- Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
- Tees and Wear Reform Prisons
- Victim Care and Advice
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018