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Recognising, Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Victims

In July 2011, Former Victims Commissioner - Louise Casey, published her Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide.
 How can we best use this review to improve services to victims of serious violence and homicide?

DATE:       27th March 2012
TIME:       10.30am - 4.15pm (Reg from 9.45)
VENUE:     Hamilton House, London, WC1H 9BD

"'I have met many families who have had loved ones murdered and they talk about how the legal process was almost as traumatic as the crime itself. This can't be right".  Commissioner for victims and witnesses-Louise Casey-2011
"We can never make things right for families bereaved through crime and it would be foolish to pretend that any level of support could ever achieve this. But we can do more to ensure that families get the help they need and that the practical impacts of bereavement are minimised".  Secretary of State for Justice Rt. Hon Kenneth Clarke - 2011

Confirmed Speakers
Description: * Keir Starmer - Director of Public prosecutions
Description: * Keith bristow - Director General - national crime Agency
Description: * Richard Mason - Deputy Director, Victims and Witnesses 
Description: * John & Penny Clough - Justice for Jane
Description: * Rob Flello - Shadow justice Minister
Description: * Merseyside Probation - TBC

Former Victims commissioner - Louise Casey - published her review into the needs of families bereaved by homicide in 2011.  It was welcomed by those who have experienced the effects of this crime, and those who strive to deliver an effective service to them.
Keir Starmer announced "This is not about changing the legal system, but about making the adversarial experience more bearable for families dealing with grief and trauma. While the CPS already delivers a number of the recommendations in today's report, we have been working closely with Ms Casey and are now improving the service we offer".
 The judiciary responded to the review with "This review by the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses raises issues that need debating, especially in the light of recent cases. The judiciary will give this report close attention alongside the draft Directive on victims issued by the Commission in May which they are already considering carefully".
 This conference will examine the review, the response to it, and the changes that have happened or will be happening, due to it's findings and recommendations
Feedback from previous conferences:

  • 'Inspirational!' Sussex & Surrey Probation Trust 2011
  • A perfect blend of speakers who clarified the current situation with regards to victim services' Inspector - Strathclyde Police 2011
  • 'Very informative & useful to my role in the probation service' Dorset Probation Trust 2011
  • 'So informative. A very full day, full with information and answers relevant to my role' Vicitm Support 2011
  • 'Interesting, relevant and thought provoking' Thames Valley Probation 2011
  • 'Excellent conference with key speakers at the heart of the CJS to talk about developments happening currently which keeps everyone up to speed' Enfield Youth Offending Service 2011
  • 'An interesting day that better informed me about MAMAA' Fentons Solicitors 2011
  • 'Inspirational!' Sussex & Surrey Probation Trust 2011
  • 'A real eye opener for someone who works in the CJS and thinks they take victims into account, but now realises it doesn't scratch the surface.' probation officer - London Probation Trust 2011
  • 'Excellent.  Will be attending next year, full of information we never seem to get' Met Officer 2011
  • 'Extremely interesting items & insightful presenters' Senior Home Office Rep 2011

Previous years:

  • 'Very well organised, excellent speakers, time well spent out of the office.' Cassandra learning Trust 2011
  • 'excellent - brings victims and agencies together' ACPO Staff Officer
  • '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
  • '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 care (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

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