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New Government, New Policies – Changes and Challenges

 For Victims Services

A change in government inevitably brings with it new ways of working and different challenges.  How could these changes affect and benefit services to victims and secondary victims of serious violence, and how can we best meet the challenges we might face?


DATE:  15th March 2011
TIME:  09.30am – 4.00pm (Reg from 9.00)
VENUE: Hamilton House, London, WC1B 3LS 

“They [victims and witnesses] are the ‘poor relation’ when it comes to where the money is spent, where services are focused and how fairness and justice is being pursued.”
  Commissioner for victims and witnesses-Louise Casey-2010

The only money my Department will spend is money combined with well-judged change to improve the protection against crime we must give - to society, and to the victims of crime.”  Rt. Hon Ken Clarke - Secretary of State for Justice - 2010

Confirmed Speakers

  • Andy Slaughter - Shadow Minister of Justice
  • Jim Narey - Leading on Victim & Witness Strategy Ministry of Justice
  • Louise Casey - Victims Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent Robert Hamilton - Strathclyde Police
  • Neil Hudgell Law - CICA
  • ASSIST - Trauma Therapy
  • Victim Support - The NVS
  • SAMM Merseyside

When the coalition government was announced in May 2010, it became clear that the Criminal Justice System would go through various financial and structural changes.  How can we ensure that we work toward changes that will benefit and improve services to victims and secondary victims of violent crime?

This conference is a must for anyone who works within the criminal justice system, and those come into contact with secondary victims of violent crime, in their role.

Feedback from previous conferences:

  • ‘Gave a clear insight into the importance of FLO’s and the role of the victims and witness unit’ Home Office Official
  • ‘Made me realise that victims of violence/gang involvement need to be supported quickly and effectively particularly within a housing context’ Supported Housing Manager
  • ‘Highlighted the need for professionalism across the board with FLO’s’ Inspector-Strathclyde Police
  • ‘Made clear the need for tailored service and the need to greatly improve access to trauma counselling’ Policy And Information Officer - Home Office
  • ‘The need for victim support (third sector organisations) to be engaged.’ Policy Advisor
  • 'to consider what the victims think are important in order to bring a change and direction’  Youth Support Officer
  • ‘greater understanding of the effect of crime on victims, I will consider this more when I see headlines and hear news stories and if this impacts on my work’  Home Office Representative
  • ‘the need to be more sympathetic to victims families and to think about the victims needs’ Home Office Representative
  • ‘listening and partnership working, the need to see all policy in the context of the individual victim’ Projects Policy Manager OCJR
  • 'excellent – brings victims and agencies together' ACPO Staff Officer
  • 'good to see individuals and organisations recognised for their continual efforts to reduce crime and support victims'  Home Office Representative
  • ‘I will endeavour to make victims more central to the process’ Restorative Justice Worker

To nominate an individual for an award at this years conference please click nomination form, complete and send to info@mamaa.org

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