Crime victims in Notts to receive improved services

Plans for improving the services provided to victims across Nottinghamshire are gathering pace following Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s Victims of Crime Conference.

His conference on Tuesday was attended by representatives of the many different organisations involved in victims’ services.

Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland said: “A particularly important part of getting together was sharing the extremely valuable insights we have gained from our recent Victims’ Views research. What victims of crime told us will play a significant role in our aim to secure a superb service for them in the months to come.”

In October, Mr Tipping will be responsible for commissioning and funding the majority of emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in the county, including restorative justice.

It was in preparation for Mr Tipping taking on this responsibility from the Ministry of Justice that Ms Cutland commissioned research with victims and service providers. “We wanted to understand their views about what future support should look like,” she explained.

At this week’s conference, stakeholders were consulted on the Commissioner’s draft Victims’ Strategy, briefed on the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime and provided with an overview of the draft delivery model for victims’ services, including restorative justice. They were also invited to help shape the delivery of services in the future. “We were keen for them to share their thoughts on how this model would fit with their own provision,” Ms Cutland said.

She added: “The delegates were pleased to be consulted and felt that the proposals being put together for commissioning victims’ services were workable. Not only that, but everyone seemed to be delighted to work with us in the future.”

Other presentations at the event, which was held at the ICCA in Hucknall Road, Nottingham, included details of how victims’ perspectives would be part of the restorative justice process.

Those attending the conference included providers of victim support and restorative justice services, community safety partnerships and those involved in criminal justice, and other organisations with an interest in victims’ services.