Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime
This consultation sets out the Government’s plans to reform the Victims’ Code to give victims clearer entitlements from criminal justice agencies and to better tailor service to individual need. It is aimed at all criminal justice agencies, victims of crime and businesses.
The consultation paper covers:
- Victims’ entitlements
- Duties on criminal justice agencies
- Specific entitlements for children and young people
- The Victim Personal Statement
- Information on Restorative Justice
- Means of redress (complaints process)
The consultation paper invites views on the proposals outlined above, specifically in relation to the questions summarised on pages 28-30 of the document.
A total of 197 responses to the consultation paper were received from a range of organisations, including criminal justice practitioners such as police forces, local criminal justice boards and youth offending teams; the judiciary, legal professionals and voluntary organisations.
The consultation response document includes the reform landscape underpinning the new Victims' Code, a summary of the responses to the report, a detailed response to the specific questions raised in the report and outlines the actions taken to reform the Code following this consultation.
The impact assessment and equality statement accompanying the consultation have been updated to take account of evidence and comments provided by respondents, as well as policy developments that occurred following the consultation period.
- Consultation response, 277.2 kB (PDF document)
- Impact assessment, 262.9 kB (PDF document)
- Equality statement, 39.2 kB (PDF document)